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The Baby-Sitters Club #5: Dawn and the Impossible Three by [Martin, Ann M.]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HDWERW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Posted originally on my blog: [...]
You know what I’ve realized I love the most about The Baby-sitters Club? It’s the fact you can curl up with a book and read it in an hour and a half. These past few weeks, when I’ve come across a book I’ve struggled to get through for whatever reason (work, working out, family life, slow plot line), having the option to turn to one of the books from my childhood has really helped me to just sit down and read for a few hours. This is quite possibly one of the many reasons I enjoyed the series so much as a little girl.

In Dawn and the Impossible Three, the newest member of the BSC, Dawn Schaffer finds herself struggling with two major (for a twelve year old) dilemmas. The first has to do with her position in the club and more specifically, her relationship with the club President, Kristy Thomas. After all, Dawn has just recently become Mary Anne Spier’s friend and in the wake of Kristy’s impending move across town and the revelation that Mary Anne and Dawn’s parents are dating, there’s a lot of jealousy clouding Kristy’s mind. I won’t go as far to claim she’s being bitchy as she has been in previous books, but I will not completely say her behavior towards Dawn is justifiable. Yes, things are changing for her and she eventually learns to accept Dawn, not only as Mary Anne’s friend, but her own. But by the same token, Dawn shouldn’t have taken it upon herself to offer an olive branch. After all, she never really does anything wrong towards Kristy. For example, when she’s helping Mary Anne decorate her room, it is Mary Anne’s fault, not Dawn’s, that Kristy wasn’t originally invited.

The other dilemma Dawn has to deal with comes in the form of a new family the club is babysitting for: The Barretts. In the process of getting divorced, Mrs.
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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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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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By Piper geo mom on February 25, 2013
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I love it. Yeah it is gross when Suzi throws up, and when she wets her pants, but it is still a good book. I would totally get it if i were you . The only thing I didn't like was the books pages wouldn't turn as easy as other books, but i still loved reading this book and you would like it too if you are a big fan of babysitters club books.
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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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Format: Paperback
This book features Dawn, the new babysitter, trying to teach club president Kristy that she deserves to be acknowledged as a member. In trying to take on a babysitting assignment to prove her skills, she ends up in over her head because she's sitting for a family that's headed by a scatterbrained single mom. Dawn tries to step in and help where she can, but finds that some of the things her babysitting charges' mother forgets to tell her spell danger. I really liked that the book covered the existence of a family that's in over its head, and how it acknowledged that the kids would develop an attachment to the sitter who's acting a lot more like a primary caregiver than sitters usually would. Not sure about the motivating-with-candy thing. Babysitters shouldn't feed kids things they haven't been approved to feed them, as Dawn found out when informed that one of the kids was allergic to chocolate. (I think she ate some chocolate earlier in the book, though, yes? And nothing happened?) I tend to think the "scary/dangerous-thing-happens-and-then-it's-all-okay" plot is overused in Baby-Sitters Club books, too, and here it is again when the single mom forgot to tell Dawn that her ex-husband had visiting rights and one of the kids she was watching disappeared with the ex. Yeah.
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