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on August 18, 2010
Synopsis: The book starts off with Stacey daydreaming in Mr. Zizmore's class about food. It is just another regular day for Stacey; Go to school, hang out with her best friend Claudia, and after school, go to the Babysitter's club Meeting to babysit kids in her neighborhood. That evening, when Stacey, Claudia, Kristy, Mary Anne and Dawn are having a meeting, Stacey gets an urgent call from her mother asking her to come home immediately. Stacey rushes back home, thinking that something terrible has happened to the family. When she gets home, her father announces that the branch that he was working for his company have decided to close down, and he has to go back to the New York branch, which means Stacey would be leaving Stoneybrook and going back to New York in four to five weeks!

Stacey has mixed feelings about her move. On one hand, she is thrilled to be going back to New York, which she has missed, and get together with her friend Laine again, but on the other hand, she doesn't want to leave her friends and her life in Stoneybrook, especially from her best friend Claudia. When she tells Claudia the news, they decide to come up with different ways to make Stacey stay, but none of them work out.

Eventually, the Babysitters Club realizes that Stacey is moving. Will the Babysitters Club go on without Stacey, and if so, who would be able to fill her place? How would they spend their last few days with her as a group?

There are also a couple of side stories about Mary Anne's experience with babysitting Jeff (and how she realizes how miserable he is), Claudia's experience as playing pretend secret agent with the Pike kids on their new neighbors, and Kristy's experience with babysitting Karen and Andrew and their encounter with Morbidda Destiny!

Review: I really liked reading this book because Stacey was one of my favorite characters in the Babysitters Club and it was sad to see her being written off. I thought the book blended the emotional drama of Stacey's farewell to the side stories that were equally humorous, such as when Claudia coming up with a poem for Stacey's yard sale, or when she babysits for the Pike's. It was also nice to read the way Stacey had conflicting feeling about going to New York, on whether she should be excited, nervous, happy or sad, and I thought this was realistically written, especially with her relationship to Charlotte.

Probably the only aspect of the book that I did not enjoy was Kristy's attitude in the book. Throughout the book, Kristy only thinks about herself and the Club, rather than Stacey's feelings. When Stacey announces her move, Kristy only thinks about who will replace her in the Club, and when Stacey is having a yard sale to sell her items, Kristy only thinking about how much money Kristy is going to earn from the sale.

Apart from that, I really liked this book and I think anyone who likes Stacey's character would like reading it too.
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