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Mary Anne Saves the Day (The Baby-Sitters Club, No.4) Paperback – October 1, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
Book 4 of 94 in the Baby-sitters Club Series

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Baby-Sitters Club (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545174783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545174787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book! The portrayal of how difficult it is for a girl to be without a mother is real. Mary Anne's dad also STILL makes her wear childish clothing & wear her hair in braids. Her dad means well, but doesn't always understand her & Mary Anne desperately needs a mother in her life. She gets into a HUGE fight with her friends that leaves her in tears, then meets Dawn & her mom, Sharon. You might say it was the beginning of the crazy Schafer-Spier family then, especially when Dawn & Mary Anne discover that their parents dated in high school. But, too bad Sharon & Richard's parents didn't like each other & separated them. So...there's a new twist...will Mary Anne & Dawn be able to re-unite them? But the best scene is when Mary Anne is baby-sitting little Jenny & Jenny runs a high fever & Mary Anne stays calm & acts responsibly. I like how even though she's sensitive & cries easily, she's doesn't panic or fall apart in an emergency. Here you begin to see that she is one courageous girl & her dad begins to see it, too & realize that she doesn't need to be "protected" all the time. Mary Anne is one person to be proud of!
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I'm 28 years old, and I recently moved. While cleaning out my house to pack for the move, I ran across a box of Babysitters Club books that I read when I was younger. I had forgotten about those since I hadn't read them in many years. I was 13 when my dad bought Mary Anne Saves the Day for me at the local grocery store. He said I could get a book and that one caught my eye. I read it when I got home, and I was hooked. Since then, I bought books 1-3, and then each book after that every month when it came out. I was 18 when I stopped reading them. I felt I had outgrown them. When I recently found those books, I reread them all, starting with Mary Anne Saves the Day. It brought back a lot of memories, and I am now collecting them all again for my own daughter, if I ever have one.
Mary Anne Saves the Day is about a shy 12 year old girl who lives with her single father, who is very strict when it comes to raising her. She belongs to a great group of friends who run a business called The Babysitters Club. During one of her jobs, a little girl grows ill while in her care, and Mary Anne must use quick thinking to get the child to the hospital.
These are wonderful books for children. It's a shame Ann M. Martin is no longer writing them, but they will be always cherished
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Posted originally on my blog: [...]

I forgot how easy it was to sit down with a Baby-sitters Club book and just finish it in one sitting. This is probably one of the reasons I loved the series as a little girl. The other reason lay with the girls themselves. Despite how much or how little I liked each character, they all had at least one thing that resonated with the young girl I was.

Mary Anne Spier is actually the first member of The Baby-sitters Club that I was introduced to and she always remained one of my favorites. Despite the fact I was more like Kristy Thomas, I found something comforting about how sensitive Mary Anne could be and how loving she was towards her friends. Whenever trouble stirs up within the group, she’s usually the one trying to maintain the peace.

This is especially apparent in this first story based around Mary Anne. After months of little things bothering them (i.e. people not offering jobs, people being rude, etc.) the girls find themselves at odds with one another after a huge blow up. Surprisingly, the adult in me didn’t spend the entire book rolling my eyes at the drama between the girls. Because, even now, as an adult, I know how easily one little argument, disagreement or misunderstanding can blow up into a huge fight. Besides, I remember the petty fights my friends and I had at the age and no matter how stupid it was, we let them drag on and on and on.

This particular fight actually serves as a positive thing for Mary Anne and in the end, the entire club. For Mary Anne, it forces her out of her comfort zone. For too long, she’s hidden behind Kristy and Claudia. She’s shy and never makes it a point to befriend people other than those who are friends with her friends.
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I'm a 25 year old wife and mother of two children and I still love this series. I went back to reading them thinking it would be like a lot of the books I read when I was younger and re read as an adult - a silly indulgence that is tainted by my adult mind as being something less than enjoyable. But nope, I was wrong, it's still a fun series and as interesting to me now as it was 15 years ago.
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This was a gift for a 12 year old, so I am not sure how the book is. She requested it, so I am sure it was good. I will ask her and add to this review. The book came right away and with no issues, so I recommend this seller.
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I remember first reading Mary Anne Saves the Day when I was about 10 or 11 years old. It was the first Baby-Sitters Club book that I had ever read and once I was finished, I was hooked. Over the next couple of months I remember getting a few other BSC books which I still have today. I am now 28, but recently found my copy of Mary Anne Saves the Day (along with a few others) and decided to read it. It brought back a lot of memories! I had always loved Mary Anne, mainly because her personality is a lot like mine. The only things that differ are my parents are (thankfully) both alive and they never made me dress a certain way.

In this particular book, the BSC gets into a fight that starts because Kristy takes a babysitting job without asking who else was free to babysit on that particular day (the client is a favorite of all 4 girls). That starts a series of events that almost break up the club; no one will talk to each other and they cannot even have their meetings together for a period of time. While they are in their fight, Mary Anne befriends a girl who just moved to Stonybrook: Dawn. Where, one wonders does Mary Anne saving the day come into play? She is babysitting for a new client and the little girl spikes a rather high fever and Mary Anne calls 911. She proves to her overprotective father that she is very responsible and he finally allows her to wear her hair differently (she has always had to wear it in braids). Plus, there is a connection between Mary Anne's father and Dawn's recently divorced mother.

This *wonderful* series of books is truly inspirational and they really draw you in. Sure you can tell they were written in the mid 80s through the 90s, but in the end, that really plays only a very small part. The books are timeless and someday when I have a daughter, I hope to give the books I have to her and hope she loves them as much as I did.
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