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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Baby-Sitters Club (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545174791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545174794
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Dawn is one of my favorite baby-sitters. In this book she is new to Stoneybrook. She just joined the BSC and made some new friends, including her best friend Mary Anne. But Mary Anne's long-time best friend Kristy is jealous and isn't very nice to Dawn. Dawn wanted to be friends with Kristy and take the big job at the Barretts. Dawn did a good job sitting for the Barretts. The house was a mess, the kids were sloppy and whiney, and Mrs. Barrett is disorganized who never leaves Dawn any directions. But she just went through a divorce and that's why her household is chaotic. I liked the part when she did the cleaning races and when she became friends with Kristy. Toward the end of the book, Buddy Barrett is missing. Dawn started a search party. But it turned out that he went off with his father. Dawn was very brave to speak up to Mrs. Barrett about her disorganized ways.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1996
Format: Paperback
I thought that the formentioned book was excellent reading. The cross-over plot lines made good reading. This book gives great ideas on how to deal with a parent who is not "holding their part of the bargain". The baby sitters club is a great way to learn how to deal with dificult situations when one is baby-sitting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
I think this is a really interesting book. This is a book when Dawn realizes that Kristy is jealous of her to be Mary Anne's other best friend. Mary Anne doesn't need Kristy that much anymore and that Kristy liked it much better without Dawn around. So when Dawn takes the job with the Barrett kids, she's sure that she can prove to Kristy want a fine sitter she is and that she is very nice. Then she discovers that the Barrett kids have problems. Mrs. Barrett is very disorganized and she just got through an unfriendly divorce. Dawn's determine to solve two things--what a fine sitter and good friend she can be to Kristy and win her friendship, and help the Barrett kids and Mrs. Barrett. Planning it out is easy, but how is she supposed to do it? Join Dawn and help her solve her problems!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cheeann on January 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
You will most def like this book. It's about an eighth-grader named Dawn Schafer that has to babysit for three kids: Buddy, Suzi, and Marnie. They are the Impossible Three to her. But it's not their fault; it's their mother's. She just suffered a divorce and is frazzled with a busy schedule and not to mention her three children. The house is messy, the children are sloppy, and Mrs. Barret still manages to pull herself together. Well, Dawn confronts her and says what needs to be done, but she says it without intruding on their family's matters. I liked the way that she did that. I also liked the way she became friends with Kristy, after all, she did sort of "steal" her best friend. But Kristy and Mary Anne are still best friends, and Dawn's Mary Anne's other best friend. It would've been better if they all became a circle of best friends, but that's okay. It could very well happen one day.
Read the book! It rulez!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dawn is the new member of the Baby Sitters Club. She's Mary Anne's best friend. There are five members, Kristy Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Mary Anne Spier, and Dawn Scafer. Dawn gets to baby sit some new kids: Suzi, Buddy, and Marnie Barrett. I don't understand why it's called "Dawn and the Impossible Three," the kids aren't that bad, and Dawn really likes them! But their mom never says anything about the kids to Dawn, and she even leaves the wrong phone number and doesn't say that Marnie is allergic to chocalate, and Dawn almost gives her a brownie! Mrs. Barrett does say don't let the kids talk to their dad on the phone, but then Buddy does, and he goes outside while Dawn is dressing Suzi and Marnie and then Dawn can't find him when she goes outside to play with the kids!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
So the BSC is expanding, and it needs more members to keep up with its growing clientele. Enter Dawn, who has just moved from California due to her parent's divorce. Course, it doesn't hurt that some of the members of the BSC are fighting, and Mary Anne needs a new friend. The BSC are initially skeptical of her, so they decide to put her through the wringer by assigning her a trio of difficult kids, and boy howdy, they do give her a hard time, and this teaches us readers that when kids are poorly misbehaved, it is sometimes the parent's fault, since Mrs. Barrett does not control/discipline her kids. Bot Dawn deals with it, and in the end, proves her mettle. Fun book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This BSC book is really good! It says the children are a handful, but it's really their mother. The mom doesn't tell Dawn her daughter can't eat chocolate, she gives Dawn the wrong number to her work, and leaves her house and children a mess! I really liked this so much that I read it in one day! I hope this review helps!
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Format: Paperback
ISBN 0590251600 - Make that the Impossible Four. The Barrett kids are a lot to handle, but they're out of control because their mother doesn't TAKE control, making Mrs. Barrett the most impossible of all.

This is Dawn's first book. She finds herself trying to make nice with Kristy, who's unhappy with the idea of moving across town when her mother gets remarried. Dawn understands and works hard to overcome Kristy's jealousy over Mary Anne and Dawn's new friendship. That's part of the reason she takes on the Barretts as new clients. She never expected them to become the challenge they turn out to be. How things work out - and they always do - is something you'll have to read the book to find out!

References to Morbidda Destiny, who stars in Karen's first Baby-Sitters Little Sister book, are a nice way to tie the two series together. I only hope I can someday catch up with Martin's prolific pen.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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