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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Baby-Sitters Club (Book 56)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Apple (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590456571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590456579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Awesome books that girls will love!
K. April Holgate
She doesn't like Jessi because she is black, she doesn't like Claudia because she is Asian-American, she doesn't like Mallory because her family is so big.
Gymnastics zebra
Yet, this book shows that although it is a nice town-there are some bad seeds that inhabit it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just read Keep Out Claudia, and it was an interesting book. The BSC have new clients named the Lowells. Mary Anne baby-sat for them and the 3 kids (Mackie, Caitlin, Celeste) are good as gold even though she noticed Mrs. Lowell kind of stared at her before saying hello to her. And Mary Anne thought the kids asked her too many questions. Then Claudia came to baby-sit the Lowells and Mrs. Lowell wasn't very polite to her. Claudia didn't know why. Then the kids were laughing at her and were trying to get away with sneaking extra snacks. Then Mrs. Lowell called the club and said she didn't want Claudia to baby-sit anymore. Later, Claudia found out that the Lowells didn't like the fact that she was Japanese. Then Jessi went to babysit the Lowells and Mrs. Lowell told her she didn't need a sitter after all and forgot to tell her. She had a strange expression on her face and shut the door in Jessi's face without another word. Later, Jessi found out that Mrs. Lowell didn't like the fact that she was black. Kristy went to babysit for the Lowells next to investigate why Jessi and Claudia were turned away. After questioning the kids, she made a shocking discovery that the Lowells were prejudiced. Then Mrs. Lowell called the club and requested blonde, blue-eyed baby-sitters. Kristy told them that Stacey and Dawn were busy, but she told her she could send Logan, their backup baby-sitter. Mrs. Lowell told Kristy that boys don't baby-sit. Then Kristy told her she might be free if she isn't babysitting her adopted Vietnamese sister. Mrs. Lowell suddenly didn't need a sitter and hung up. Then the club was organizing a children's band in the neighborhood and was playing songs from Fiddler on the Roof. (a musical about Jewish people in 1940's Russia) Mrs.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm not really 9, but I was when this book was issued.
I used to be a huge baby sitter club fan and though I'm in college now, I still read some of the books time to time. Keep Out Claudia was my first baby sitters club book and I'd been hooked since. The descriptions of the band rehearsals and the Lowells was well written, and when I was reading it, I could feel the hurt Claudia, Jessi and the rest of the club felt towards Mrs Lowell's prejiduce. And I also feel that a rainbow is nothing without all the beautiful colours, just the way this world is nothing without all the beautiful people of different races, colours and ethnicity. We could all learn a lesson from this book about how prejiduce is irrational, especially for children. Buy it today
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a good book but i really wasn't impressed. This book is about claudia and how her new babysitting charges are prejudiced. They are named the Lowells and they get claudia as a sitter. Mrs. Lowell doesn't really approve of claudia but doesn't say why. She calls the BSC again and asks for anyone but claudia. they send jessi. Jessi doesn't even sit for them. Mrs. Lowell slams the door in her face. This is a sad book that is sort of slow-moving, however, it is a pretty good book. It has a not-so-good ending, though. The Lowells are still prejudiced. I would tell you more, but why give away the ending?? :) I think most people will enjoy Babysitter's Club: Keep Out, Claudia!
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A Kid's Review on April 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Man when I was a kid (i'm 17) I thought racism was nonexistent! Man how wrong I was!

This book is also very shocking. I almost couldn't believe it when Mrs. Lowell asked for a "blonde-haired, blue-eyed sitter". I was like WHAT??? What makes one better because they've got blonde hair? I never understood that.

It's so sad that there is racism in this world. It's not like we have a choice of what race we want to be. And the one who did a review on March 22, 2004, you were right on the ball. The world IS a wonderful place but we're lucky we have so much diversity. But sadly I think there wil always be racism, no matter what. The only place free of racism? Heaven.

Anyway, the book itself is well written. I really like how Martin buidls the suspense. First Mary Anne goes and the kids are angels . . . slightly odd, but angels. And Martin foreshadows the fact that those poor kids are racist when they are watching TV and laugh at the Asian kids on the screen. Then Claudia shows up and the kids are brats. Next Jessi shows up and she can't even go inside the house! Kristy goes next and is the one who figures ut the Lowells are racist. then the mother doesn't even let them see a Jewish play. The kids are disappointed, implying that they are not the bad guys, the mother is. Ugh that family was so snobby and racist . . . why do people have to be that way . . .

This is probably the most realistic bsc book. Martin does a great job of shedding light on to this very sad but real subject. I'm just glad I live in a country where it's basically okay to be anything. But maybe I'm just ignorant and don't want to admit that there is still rabid racism going on.
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By Gymnastics zebra on January 11, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Babysitters Club is at it again in KEEP OUT CLAUDIA! In this new adventure with Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory, and Jessi, they deal with a prejudiced New customer, named Mrs. Lowell. Meanwhile, the sitters put a band together for their kids.

The sitters always like new clients. So when they get a phone call from a lady named Mrs. Lowell, they are happy to take the job. The Lowell's have three kids, Caitlyn, the oldest, and Celeste are girls, and Mackie is the son.

Mary Anne is the first sitter for the Lowell's. She felt a little strange when Mrs. Lowell looked her over at the door, but figured she just wanted to see who was sitting for her kids. After Mrs. Lowell left, the kids were great. They asked about her kitten, and acted fine. They listened to Mary Anne, were nice to her, and Mrs. Lowell is very pleased.

So when she calls the club again and Claudia gets the job, she is confused at the way the family behaves. From the moment she arrives at the door, she knows something is wrong. Mrs. Lowell acts strange, like something is wrong about Claud. The kids act funny too, not listening, acting secretive, sneaking snacks, and laughing at their sitter.

Mrs. Lowell decides to call the club again, and request anybody but Claudia! Claudia didn't do anything wrong, so she is confused. But since Kristy and Mary Anne had good experiences, Jessi decides to try. Mrs. Lowell stares at her, then slams the door in her face! Then she calls the club again, and asks for only blonde hair, blue eyed sitters.

Mrs. Lowell is prejudiced. She doesn't like Jessi because she is black, she doesn't like Claudia because she is Asian-American, she doesn't like Mallory because her family is so big.
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Ann M. Martin is the bestselling author of the momentous series The Baby-sitters Club, as well as the Main Street series. Her other acclaimed novels include "A Dog's Life," "Belle Teal," "Here Today," and the Newbery Honor Book "A Corner of the Universe." She lives in upstate New York. For more information, visit www.scholastic.com/bsc.


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