- Age Range: 8 and up
- Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
- Series: Baby-Sitters Club (Quality) (Book 32)
- Publisher: Scholastic (March 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590731890
- ISBN-13: 978-0590731898
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kristy and the Secret of Susan (Baby-Sitters Club (Quality)) Paperback – March, 1990
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Introducing a character with autism in The Babysitter series was a good idea, just presented in a way I did not like. Having a child with autism should never be a secret. This book is a start by educating children about those with autism.
The premise of The Babysitters Club is to meet three times a week for thirty minutes to get calls for sitting jobs. Each of the members has a title and function. Kristy and The Secret of Susan is written in the third person, by Kristy. Kristy is President of the Babysitters Club, thirteen years old and in the eighth grade.
There is a Babysitters Club notebook that contains the writeup of all the jobs they do. They learn how their friends solve problems and what is going on with the kids they watch.
I often found myself looking back to the beginning recap on each of the members since it was confusing to recall the sibling names for all the girls.
The reason for me perusing The Babysitters Club #32, Kristy and The Secret of Susan was due to the topic of autism, so I tried to keep track of all the members.
One day Mrs. Felder called to get someone to sit Susan. Susan went to a special school far away, currently home for one month before heading off to another new school. Mrs. Felder wanted a sitter for three days a weeks from 3:30 - 5:30, so she could have a break. Mrs. Felder mentioned to Kristy on the phone that Susan was autistic.
At the Babysitters Club meeting the girls discussed what autistic meant.Read more ›
Also I didn't like the way Kristy treated Susan at first, like when she dragged her outside even though she wanted to play the piano. It wasn't hurting her, was it? Forcing autistic kids to interact doesn't do anything but agitate them more. Believe me, I know. And talking to her like she was two? Just because she couldn't respond doesn't mean she couldn't understand normal speech.
Instead of treating Susan with dignity, she's treated appallingly. Kristy physically yanks her around, forces her outside when she's trying to go to the bathroom, and somehow didn't realize something was amiss when kids were coming to the door to have Susan play a song and then leave. Susan's parents are worthless pieces of s***e who can't be bothered to spend time with her and can't wait to ship her back off to another school. Even on school breaks, Susan isn't home, and that's in the canon of this book. The Felders live locally, yet Susan's never seen. The babysitters actually discuss that. Susan is hidden away from the world like a shameful secret. The parents are ultimately neglectful and very stupid for thinking a 13-year-old should be left in charge of a profoundly autistic child.Read more ›
Kristy decides to put the autistic girl in unfamiliar situations and push her into "making friends," which she can't do like a neurotypical person as she is apparently quite profoundly autistic (despite being able to sing; she doesn't talk). This is actually usually kinda dangerous for autistic kids who are used to specific surroundings and stimuli, so that makes it seem like Kristy is really irresponsible. Kids in the neighborhood end up making her do tricks with her memory and it's really annoying. I did like that Kristy didn't Teach the Parents an Important Lesson and turn out to be right about everything, though.
An Australian family moves into town . . . people with kids are freaking constantly moving into this town . . . and they're drawn up very stereotypically as other kids make fun of their way of speaking. I didn't care for it.
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It is a good book for kids to learn that just because people are different it doesn't mean that they are any less importantPublished 13 months ago by Unknown Unknown
I liked reading about susan, she seemed like a gifted person caught up in her own world. I myself love playing piano so it was interesting to read about susan though she had a... Read morePublished on July 15, 2005
I felt this was a highly disappointing and unsatisfactory book about an 8-year-old child who has autism. Read morePublished on May 27, 2005 by BeatleBangs1964
As you all know, Kristy has a friend who is an autistic child named Susan. I remembered when Zack Wolfson and Mel Tucker made fun of her. Mrs. Read morePublished on April 18, 2005 by Gabriel Fernandez
I don't think I am in a position to judge Ann's research or accuracy on Autism,but I found it an interesting and sad book. Read morePublished on May 7, 2003 by Linda
i think in this book kristy is selfish and just because she thousht of the baby sitters club she is being stuck up .but still i like it sort of.Published on September 2, 2002
I read this book many years ago and have not read it since. I do remember being very touched by Susan, an autistic child but I don't think I really understood her autism. Read morePublished on July 31, 2001