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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin

October 18th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from

Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four girls named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill. As they start the summer before seventh grade (also before they start the BSC), each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Kristy is still hung up on hoping that her father will return to her family. Mary Anne has to prove to her father that she’s no longer a little girl who needs hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind…

…in order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

The Summer Before . . . is a sweet, moving novel about four girls on the edge of something big – not just the Club that will change their lives, but also all the joys and tribulations of being twelve and thirteen.

If you were a fan of the original Baby-Sitters Club then you definitely want to pick this book up.  If you are not familiar with this series it’s a perfect read for the tween set.  The Baby-Sitters Club starts off with four friends who love to babysit and follows their adventures in babysitting, friendships and more.  I was a huge fan of this series growing up and eagerly awaited every new book in the series.

This prequel follows Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey the summer before the start of the club.  I was nervous about Martin revisiting the series so many years later but was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to slip back into the Baby-Sitters Club’s world.  Claudia worries she may be growing up faster than her best friends, Kristy and Mary Anne, and possibly out growing their friendship.  Kristy is having to deal with her mother’s new boyfriend, Mary Anne takes her first sitting job and Stacey prepares for the move from New York City to Stonybrook.  What finally brings these four widely different girls together?  Read this prequel to find out.

The style of writing flowed with my memories of the series and was a refreshing departure from all of the paranormal books that seem to have emerged lately.  It was wonderful watching as each girl slowly realizes the changes in their lives as they have to grow up and face the changes life throws at them.

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One Response

  1. Anna

    Glad to see you enjoyed this book. I loved the BSC when I was a kid, and I’ve been a bit hesitant about reading this one. Maybe I’ll give it a try at some point.

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