- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: The Baby-Sitters Club (Book 8)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545328179
- ISBN-13: 978-0545328173
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Baby-Sitters Club #8: Boy-Crazy Stacey Paperback – October 1, 2011
Praise for The Baby-sitters Club
"Adventures in babysitting...must-read literature for preteen girls." - Time Magazine
"In a world of Gossip Girls and vampires, The Baby-sitters Club could provide young girls with positive role models." - Oprah.com
"One of the most intriguing business ideas of the 1980s didn't come out of Silicon Valley." - The Wall Street Journal
Praise for The Summer Before
"I wasn't very excited when George Lucas decided to do a prequel to Star Wars... But Ann M. Martin writing a prequel to The Baby-sitters Club is something I can really get behind." - CNN.com
"Book candy at its best." - Kirkus Reviews
"Engaging." - Booklist
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I know my younger self is probably cursing me out right now, but this book really made me dislike Stacey McGill. I say this because from the first book of hers I read, she was my favorite babysitter in this series. Ironically, this is far from the first time I’ve read this particular book. I suppose it is through my thirty year old eyes, I am finally able to see the flaws in this character I adored so much.
Taking place during the summer before their (never-ending) eight grade year, Stacey and Mary Anne join the Pike family on their annual trip to the Jersey Shore. Decades before the time of Snookie and J-Woww, the girls are forced to figure out how to handle the eight Pike children, manage a working relationship with one another and how to deal with some pretty big first with the cute boys on the beach. Much like a typical thirteen year old, Stacey finds herself in “luv” with an eighteen year old lifeguard named Scott. Her infatuation is the cause for most of my dislike in her during this book. After all, she spends more time Scott gazing and fetching him drinks and sandwiches, then actually paying attention to the children. All of which leaves most of the babysitting responsibility on Mary Anne’s shoulders, which is beyond unfair. The other negative comes in Stacey’s reactions and comments about the children. Much like I’ve notice with some of the other girls in earlier books, Stacey is rude and childish towards the children. When she rolls her eyes at a five year, I found myself wishing someone had backhanded her.
The story overall was a decent enough experience, in which Stacey gets her first kiss and Mary Anne becomes interested in a boy for the first time. Heck, it was even nice to see Stacey and Mary Anne interact with one another, as they mostly only talk to their respective BFFs. But that being said, Stacey’s snotty, self-centered attitude really put me off in this book. Sadly, I’m starting to wonder if rereading these books are going to cloud the fond memories I had as a child.
The premise: The Pike family is going on vacation and because they have so many kids, they hire Mary Anne and Stacey to come along as mother's helpers. Through the course of the book they have good times and bad times, but in the end, they learn about each other and grow closer.
The kindle formatting is really nice. They pretty much kept the notebook and postcard entries the same as in the original books.
Who would I recommend this to? Anyone who enjoyed the BSC as a kid or who enjoys YA fiction
If you have never read this series before, I think they are great for anyone. I believe they are very appropriate for younger girls around the middle school age who are looking for a good book series. I highly recommend them!
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Written by a 10-year old.