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Old 11-23-2018, 12:29 PM
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The Baby-Sitters Club Series #4 - Need A Babysitter? Save time! Call the Babysitter's Club

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The Baby-sitters Club (BSC) is a series of children's books, written by Ann M. Martin and published by Scholastic between 1986–2000, that sold 176 million copies.

The series is about a group of middle school students living in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. They run a business called the Baby-sitters Club that helps parents find babysitters from the club available for jobs by calling during their club meetings. Meetings take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The club runs financially on dues and fundraising, and the babysitters write diaries of their jobs to help each other. The members of the club are also best friends, although they go through many conflicts throughout the series.

The club starts out with four members (Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill), eventually expanding to ten. All of the main characters are thirteen, with the exception of junior members Mallory Pike and Jessica Ramsey, who are two years younger. When the club was founded (in 1986), the four members were in the seventh grade, but ten books later (1988), they are promoted to the eighth grade. From there, they are frozen in time until the very end of the series (2000), in which they graduate from middle school.


THEY'RE BACK!

Now, ten years after the final BSC book, they’re back. Martin has written a prequel, The Summer Before, delving into the lives of the original four baby-sitters before the club started. It was released yesterday, and to celebrate, Women in Children’s Media and Scholastic sponsored a special event, “The Baby Sitters are Back.” Attendees were treated to an intimate conversation between Martin and David Levithan, editorial director at Scholastic. He first started working on the BSC with Martin as a 19-year-old intern, and knew stuff about the series that even the most die-hard super fans in attendance didn’t. Levithan told the audience that introducing Martin was “like introducing Sarah Palin at a tea party event,” and it was true. She laughed as he said this, and took her seat to hearty applause. - link to text

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Old 11-25-2018, 02:53 PM
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Thanks for the new thread.
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Old 11-25-2018, 03:58 PM
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No prob

I got some of the graphic novels for my classroom.
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Have the kids been reading them?
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The kids love the graphic novels. It's the originals that they won't touch.
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which is sad because there's good reading there. And Boxcar Children!
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It's the same thing with movies, TV shows or music.
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That's true. Kids don't have any appreciation for the classics.
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Any BSC topics to discuss?
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I can't think of any right now. It's been too long.
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I put my reread on hold since April (on the 90s board) was a few books behind me. Might pick up with it again after the new year.
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I wish I had some time to reread.
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I can finish a book in two days if I don't have a lot of time to read. 1 if I have the whole day.
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Yeah, it's rare to have a free day to read.
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I didn't know about this.

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