History Literature / TheBabySittersClub

24th Jan '18 7:40:28 PM LadyNorbert
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** In ''Dawn and the Impossible Three'', Buddy Barrett appears to have been kidnapped while Dawn is watching him.

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** In ''Dawn and the Impossible Three'', Buddy Barrett appears to have been kidnapped [[AccidentalKidnapping kidnapped]] while Dawn is watching him.
21st Jan '18 9:49:17 AM LadyNorbert
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* ''Stacey's Broken Heartl' (1996)

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* ''Stacey's Broken Heartl' Heart'' (1996)
8th Jan '18 1:46:09 PM LadyNorbert
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** There's also the Super Special in which Claudia, Dawn, and Jessi, along with a handful of their charges, are trapped on an island with no means of getting home for a long weekend. As part of the book shows, the parents and friends who can't reach them are scared out of their minds.
** Jessi's baby brother Squirt is injured in a car accident in one of the books.

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** There's also the Super Special ''Baby Sitters' Island Adventure,'' in which Claudia, Dawn, and Jessi, along with a handful of their charges, are trapped on an island with no means of getting home for a long weekend. As part of the book shows, the parents and friends who can't reach them are scared out of their minds.
** In ''Happy Holidays, Jessi'', Jessi's baby brother Squirt is injured in a car accident in one of the books.accident.



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** After Patrick and Elizabeth's divorce, Charlie became a ParentalSubstitute towards all three of his younger siblings -- but especially towards David Michael, who was only an infant when Patrick left. In ''Friends Forever,'' Kristy realizes that being forced to become a father at ten has left Charlie with some anger problems.

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** After Patrick and Elizabeth's divorce, Charlie became a ParentalSubstitute ParentalSubstitute[=/=]PromotedToParent towards all three of his younger siblings -- but especially towards David Michael, who was only an infant when Patrick left. In ''Friends Forever,'' Kristy realizes that being forced to become a father at ten has left Charlie with some anger problems.



* PromotedToParent: ''Kristy's Big News'' shows that this is what happened to her oldest brother, Charlie, after their father walked out on the family. He had to give up his after-school baseball program in order to look after his younger siblings so their mother could work to support the family, and became the ''de facto'' father figure - especially to David Michael, who was only a baby at the time. Charlie was ''ten'' when this all took place.


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8th Jan '18 12:37:58 PM LadyNorbert
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* AcademicAthlete: Kristy has the management skills to create the club and be its president. Her sport is softball and she even starts a kids' team.

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* AcademicAthlete: Kristy has the management skills to create the club and be its president. Her sport is softball and she even starts a kids' team. It's also mentioned in at least one book that she's a straight-A student.



** There's also the Super Special in which Claudia, Dawn, and Jessi, along with a handful of their charges, are trapped on an island with no means of getting home for a long weekend. As part of the book shows, the parents and friends who can't reach them are scared out of their minds.
** Jessi's baby brother Squirt is injured in a car accident in one of the books.



* AdultsAreUseless: Usually averted. The parents are generally pretty good parents, and the sitters will not hesitate to take advice from them. Sometimes played straight in the ''Mysteries'' series, if the girls going to an authority figure would break the plot. However, also often played straight in that the parents of charges are frequently clueless about problems their children are having, until told by the BSC. For example:

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* AdultsAreUseless: Usually averted. The parents are generally pretty good parents, and the sitters will not hesitate to take advice from them. Sometimes played straight in the ''Mysteries'' series, if the girls going to an authority figure would break the plot. However, also often played straight in that the parents of charges are frequently clueless about problems their children are having, until told by the BSC.BSC members bring it to their attention. For example:



* TheAllegedCar: The Junk Bucket. Subverted with the Pink Clinker, which actually works well -- Nannie just likes to call it that.

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* TheAllegedCar: The Junk Bucket. Subverted with the Pink Clinker, which actually works well -- well; Nannie just likes to call it that.



* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Abby and Anna, Marilyn and Carolyn, Mariah and Miranda, not to mention the Pike triplets.

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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Abby and Anna, Anna; Marilyn and Carolyn, Carolyn Arnold; Mariah and Miranda, not to mention Miranda Shillaber; the Pike triplets.triplets are also identical.



* AmicablyDivorced: Fairly nuanced with Watson and Lisa. Kristy describes their divorce as friendly and Watson goes out of his way to help her out when she's injured and her second husband is out of town, but there is still some lingering tension regarding who gets the kids for holidays and celebrations. Both Watson and Lisa wanted Karen and Andrew to spend Thanksgiving with ''their'' family and both of them wanted to celebrate on the actual day, so Karen and Andrew ended up going to two Thanksgiving feasts in one day. Karen overeats and gets a stomachache, while Andrew ends up falling asleep. To their credit, Watson and Lisa realize their pettiness put the kids in a bad situation and try to compromise better in the future.

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* AmicablyDivorced: Fairly nuanced with Watson and Lisa. Kristy describes their divorce as friendly friendly, and Watson goes out of his way to help her out when she's injured and her second husband is out of town, town; but there is still some lingering tension regarding who gets the kids for holidays and celebrations. Both In one book, both Watson and Lisa wanted want Karen and Andrew to spend Thanksgiving with ''their'' family and both of them wanted want to celebrate on the actual day, so Karen and Andrew ended end up going to two Thanksgiving feasts in one day. Karen overeats and gets a stomachache, while Andrew ends up falling asleep. To their credit, Watson and Lisa realize their pettiness put the kids in a bad situation and try to compromise better in the future.



*** The triplets see Nicky in particular as this, since he's the only brother in the family who ''isn't'' a triplet and he desperately wants to hang around with them. Byron is better about it than Adam and Jordan, eventually even agreeing to share a room with Nicky when the other two balk at any changes.



** Some plotlines spread over a couple of books, such as Kristy adjusting to her stepfamily. At the end of the series [[spoiler:Mary Anne's house burned down]], which was the background for the ''Friends Forever'' spinoff.

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** Some plotlines spread over a couple of books, such as Kristy adjusting to her stepfamily. At the end of the series [[spoiler:Mary Anne's house burned burns down]], which was forms the background for the ''Friends Forever'' spinoff.



* AscendedExtra: Mallory, who started out as a baby-sitting charge.

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* AscendedExtra: Mallory, who started out as Mallory is a baby-sitting charge.charge during the first several books, although her parents eventually agree that she can be the second sitter (they always hire two sitters when all eight children are home). Later, when the club needs additional members, she gets brought in as a main cast member.



* AuthorAppeal: Ann M. Martin had the girls, as well as their classmates and the kids they babysat, watch the same TV shows and movies she enjoyed as a child. The result is a bunch of preteens from TheEighties and TheNineties whose pop culture references mostly come from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and other shows that were canceled decades before they were born. However, there's also some TruthInTelevision here (literally), because the books were written for the most part in TheEighties. At the time kids ''were'' watching reruns of classic sitcoms because basic cable stations, especially the TBS Super Station and USA Network, showed them nonstop as a source of cheap daytime programming filler. Additionally, Creator/NickAtNite debuted in the mid-80s and took over children's programming with reruns of some of these same sitcoms starting at 8 PM.

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* AuthorAppeal: Ann M. Martin had the girls, as well as their classmates and the kids they babysat, watch the same TV shows and movies she enjoyed as a child. The result is a bunch of preteens from TheEighties and TheNineties whose pop culture references mostly come from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and other shows that were canceled decades before they were born. However, there's also some TruthInTelevision here (literally), because the books were written for the most part in TheEighties. At the time time, kids ''were'' watching reruns of classic sitcoms because basic cable stations, especially the TBS Super Station and USA Network, showed them nonstop as a source of cheap daytime programming filler. Additionally, Creator/NickAtNite debuted in the mid-80s and took over children's programming with reruns of some of these same sitcoms starting at 8 PM.



* TheBoardGame: Two, actually. A regular one and a mystery one.

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* TheBoardGame: Two, actually. A actually - a regular one and a mystery one.



* {{Bookworm}}: Mallory.

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* {{Bookworm}}: Mallory.Mallory, and Jessi to a lesser extent.



** Kristy has shades of this in the earliest books in the series, when she is flat-out opposed to her mother's developing relationship with Watson. She insults the man, refuses to eat dinner when he treats them, and is generally unpleasant. It seems to be less a matter of her disliking Watson personally than a desire to keep her fractured family from experiencing any additional changes. To her credit, she warms up to him eventually (finally meeting Karen and Andrew helps) and in a later book admits that she loves him a lot.

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** Kristy has shades of this in the earliest books in the series, when she is flat-out opposed to her mother's developing relationship with Watson. She insults the man, refuses to eat dinner when he treats them, and is generally unpleasant. It seems to be less a matter of her disliking Watson personally than and more of a desire to keep her fractured family from experiencing any additional changes. To her credit, Happily, she warms up to him eventually in time (finally meeting Karen and Andrew helps) helps), and in a later book admits that she loves him a lot.



** Nicky Pike seems to suffer from this as well, since his older siblings don't especially want to hang around with him and he doesn't really want to play much with his younger sisters.



* OnlyChildSyndrome: Stacey shows heavy signs of this during the books where she and Mary Anne accompany the Pike family on their summer vacations to Sea City. It's very obvious that she's used to not having to show consideration for siblings, as she keeps prioritizing her own plans over Mary Anne's or even over minding the children.



* PromotedToParent: ''Kristy's Big News'' shows that this is what happened to her oldest brother, Charlie, after their father walked out on the family. He had to give up his after-school baseball program in order to look after his younger siblings so their mother could work to support the family, and became the ''de facto'' father figure - especially to David Michael, who was only a baby at the time. Charlie was ''ten'' when this all took place.



* SameSexTriplets: The Pike triplets

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* SameSexTriplets: The Pike tripletsAdam, Byron, and Jordan Pike



* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: ''Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn'' had the sitters helping their charges prepare for a beauty pageant. First prize was a savings bond and the chance to compete in another pageant. Second prize was a shopping spree at a local toy store. Unsurprisingly, all the 6-to-10-year-old girls entered in the pageant massively prefer the second prize. As the eventual second place winner explains to all the adults who are indignant about the fact that she didn't win, "But then [if I had won] I wouldn't get any toys!"

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* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: ''Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn'' had the sitters helping their charges prepare for a beauty pageant. First prize was a savings bond and the chance to compete in another pageant. Second prize was a shopping spree at a local toy store. Unsurprisingly, all the 6-to-10-year-old girls entered in the pageant massively prefer the second prize. As the eventual second place winner explains to all the adults who are indignant about the fact that she didn't win, "But then [if I had won] I wouldn't get any toys!"



** It's a minor running gag that the sitters have incompatible pizza needs, especially once the club has the classic seven-member lineup - early on, Stacey couldn't eat processed cheese; Dawn won't eat meat; Abby is allergic to both tomatoes and cheese; Kristy likes anchovies, etc. ''Mary Anne and the Playground Fight'' has this get uncivilized to the point where they all just order separate meals, while ''Abby and the Mystery Baby'' has the GenreSavvy Abby order a plain pizza and she just prepares the other toppings at home, letting her friends do their individual slices as they please.
* StrawFan: Believe it or not, one of the books deals with Mallory claiming to be the biggest fan of a fictional children's author, meeting the author and giving her a hard time about not 'writing what she knows.' Fortunately, she learns her lesson in the end.

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** It's a minor running gag that the sitters have incompatible pizza needs, especially once the club has the classic seven-member lineup - early on, Stacey couldn't eat processed cheese; Dawn won't eat meat; Abby is allergic to both tomatoes and cheese; Kristy likes anchovies, etc. ''Mary Anne and the Playground Fight'' has this get uncivilized to the point where they all just order separate meals, while ''Abby and the Mystery Baby'' has the GenreSavvy Abby order a plain pizza and she just prepares the other toppings at home, letting her friends do their individual slices as they please.
* StrawFan: Believe it or not, one One of the books deals with Mallory claiming to be the biggest fan of a fictional children's author, author,then meeting the author and giving her a hard time about not 'writing what she knows.' Fortunately, she learns her lesson in the end.



* WeddingDay: Kristy's mother and stepfather, Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother, Dawn's father and stepmother, two sitting clients, Kristy's father and stepmother ...

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* WeddingDay: Kristy's mother and stepfather, Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother, Dawn's father and stepmother, two sitting clients, Kristy's father and stepmother ...stepmother... The sitters even stage a pretend wedding for Karen and David Michael during the run up to Kristy's mother's wedding, as a means of entertaining the kids for the last few hours before the rehearsal dinner.



** One book had a subplot in which the sitters begin taking care of two kids who are constantly forced to attend extra-curricular classes and sports activities because their parents are basically selfish flakes, and all they ever want is time for themselves, so they shuttle their son and daughter off to every extracurricular possible (even, at one point, practically forcing Claudia to put together an art class for neighborhood kids just so they could put their daughter in it).

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** One book had a subplot in which the sitters begin taking care of two kids the Addison kids, who are constantly forced to attend extra-curricular classes and sports activities because their activities. Their parents are basically selfish flakes, and all they ever want is time for themselves, so they shuttle their son and daughter off to every extracurricular possible (even, at one point, practically forcing Claudia to put together an art class for neighborhood kids just so they could put their daughter in it).



* WickedWitch: Karen Brewer believes that the next door neighbor Mrs. Porter is one, and that her real name is Morbidda Destiny. The sitters would waver on whether or not they really believed this (and one of the ''Little Sister'' books revealed that even Mrs. Porter's granddaughter could not be sure whether it was true). Kristy eventually reasoned that Mrs. Porter could not be a real witch because when the Brewers' cat left a dead mouse on her doorstep she brought it over to demand that they dispose of it, rather than keeping to use in her potions.

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* WickedWitch: Karen Brewer believes that the next door neighbor Mrs. Porter is one, and that her real name is Morbidda Destiny. The sitters would waver on whether or not they really believed this (and one of the ''Little Sister'' books revealed that even Mrs. Porter's granddaughter could not be sure whether it was true). Kristy eventually reasoned that Mrs. Porter could not be a real witch because when the Brewers' cat left a dead mouse on her doorstep doorstep, she brought it over to demand that they dispose of it, it rather than keeping to use in her potions.



* YouAreFat: Mary Anne, showing off her BitchInSheepsClothing tendencies, drops this on ''Dawn'' of all people, during the period of adjustment after the two became stepsisters.

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* YouAreFat: Mary Anne, showing off her BitchInSheepsClothing tendencies, drops this on ''Dawn'' of all people, during the period of adjustment after the two became become stepsisters.
24th Oct '17 11:02:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* DeathOfAChild: ''Mary Anne and the Memory Garden'' has a just-introduced classmate die due to a car accident.



** All of the girls' quirks suffered this to some degree with the ghost writers, most notably Kristy's bossiness, Dawn's passion for environmental causes and Claudia's bad spelling.

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** All of the girls' quirks suffered this to some degree with the ghost writers, most notably Kristy's bossiness, Dawn's passion for environmental causes causes, and Claudia's bad spelling.



* FrozenInTime: The girls spent literally dozens of birthdays, holidays and summers in eighth grade. At one point Claudia was demoted to seventh grade, but the others stayed in place. They finally finished middle school in the last book of the ''Friends Forever'' spinoff.

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* FrozenInTime: The girls spent literally dozens of birthdays, holidays holidays, and summers in eighth grade. At one point Claudia was demoted to seventh grade, but the others stayed in place. They finally finished middle school in the last book of the ''Friends Forever'' spinoff.



* OneSteveLimit:
** Two characters are named Sabrina Bouvier - a child beauty queen that BSC meets in ''Little Miss Stoneybrook ... and Dawn'', and later a classmate at SMS.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Here Come the Bridesmaids!'' where the narrator acknowledges that both the [=BSC=] and the W♥KC have a regular sitting charge named Ryan [=DeWitt=], and no, they're not related.



* RaceLift: In the original books, Jenny Prezzioso is white. In the graphic novels, she's AmbiguouslyBrown.



** Similarly, Mary Anne's late mother was named Abigail in the fourth book, but later books identify her as Alma. This is also fixed in reprints.

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** Similarly, Mary Anne's late mother was named Abigail in the fourth book, but [[SuddenNameChange later books identify her as Alma.Alma]]. This is also fixed in reprints.


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* SettingUpdate: Mildly with the graphic novels. The technology level implies they take place in the 1990s or ''maybe'' the early 2000s. For example, the ''Mary Anne Saves The Day'' book was released in 1987 however the graphic novel has a reference to DVD players and the 1998 ''Film/TheParentTrap'' film.
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* ReplacementLoveInterest: Happens in both "Boy-Crazy Stacey" and "Dawn and the Older Boy". In the former Stacey falls in love with a boy who turns out to be a jerk who was just using her, but she eventually ends up happy with another boy introduced in last few chapters. In the latter it happens exactly the same thing, only with Dawn instead of Stacey.

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* ReplacementLoveInterest: Happens in both "Boy-Crazy Stacey" ''Boy-Crazy Stacey'' and "Dawn ''Dawn and the Older Boy". Boy''. In the former former, Stacey falls in love with a boy an older guy who turns out to be a jerk who was just using her, but she eventually ends up happy with another boy introduced in last few chapters. In the latter it happens exactly latter, the same thing, plot is basically the same, only with Dawn instead of Stacey.



** In the early books, Dawn is a semi-vegetarian who eats chicken and fish; she avoids red meat because she thinks it's unhealthy and doesn't like the taste. She specifically says in one book that her vegetarianism DOESN'T have anything to do with feeling sorry for cows, and in fact she doesn't even like animals all that much. This is somewhat hard to reconcile with the radical environmentalist she is in the later books.

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** In the early books, Dawn is a semi-vegetarian who eats chicken and fish; she avoids red meat because she thinks it's unhealthy and doesn't like the taste. She specifically says in one book that her vegetarianism DOESN'T ''doesn't'' have anything to do with feeling sorry for cows, and in fact she doesn't even like animals all that much. This is somewhat hard to reconcile with the radical environmentalist she is in the later books.
27th Sep '17 7:34:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Jessi and the Awful Secret'' (1993)
* ''Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever'' (1993)
* ''Claudia's Friend'' (1993)
* ''Dawn's Family Feud'' (1993)
* ''Stacey's Big Crush'' (1993)
* ''Maid Mary Anne'' (1993)
* ''Dawn's Big Move'' (1993)
* ''Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter'' (1993)
* ''Get Well Soon, Mallory!'' (1993)
* ''Stacey and the Cheerleader'' (1993)
* ''Claudia and the Perfect Boy'' (1994)
* ''Dawn and the We Love Kids Club'' (1994)
* ''Mary Anne and Miss Priss'' (1994)
* ''Kristy and the Copycat'' (1994)
* ''Jessi's Horrible Prank'' (1994)
* ''Stacey's Lie'' (1994)
* ''Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever'' (1994)
* ''Claudia and Crazy Peaches'' (1994)
* ''Mary Anne Breaks The Rules'' (1994)
* ''Mallory Pike, #1 Fan'' (1994)
* ''Kristy and Mr. Mom'' (1995)
* ''Jessi and the Troublemaker'' (1995)
* ''Stacey vs. the BSC'' (1995)
* ''Dawn and the School Spirit Squad'' (1995)
* ''Claudia Kishi, Live from WSTO!'' (1995)
* ''Mary Anne and Camp BSC'' (1995)
* ''Stacey and the Bad Girls'' (1995)
* ''Farewell, Dawn'' (1995)
* ''Kristy and the Dirty Diapers'' (1995)
* ''Welcome to the BSC, Abby'' (1995)
* ''Claudia and the First Thanksgiving'' (1995)
* ''Mallory's Christmas Wish'' (1995)
* ''Mary Anne and the Memory Garden'' (1996)
* ''Stacey [=McGiller=], Super Sitter'' (1996)
* ''Kristy + Bar = ?'' (1996)
* ''Abby's Lucky Thirteen'' (1996)
* ''Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby'' (1996)
* ''Dawn and Too Many Sitters'' (1996)
* ''Stacey's Broken Heartl' (1996)
* ''Kristy's Worst Idea'' (1996)
* ''Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout'' (1996)
* ''Mary Anne and the Little Princess'' (1996)
* ''Happy Birthday, Jessi'' (1996)
* ''Abby's Twin'' (1997)
* ''Stacey the Math Whiz'' (1997)
* ''Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade'' (1997)
* ''Mind Your Own Business, Kristy!'' (1997)
* ''Don't Give Up, Mallory'' (1997)
* ''Mary Anne to the Rescue'' (1997)
* ''Abby the Bad Sport'' (1997)
* ''Stacey's Secret Friend'' (1997)
* ''Kristy and the Sister War'' (1997)
* ''Claudia Makes Up Her Mind'' (1997)
* ''The Secret of Mary Anne Spier'' (1997)
* ''Jessi's Big Break'' (1998)
* ''Abby and the Best Kid Ever'' (1998)
* ''Claudia and the Terrible Truth'' (1998)
* ''Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer'' (1998)
* ''Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend'' (1998)
* ''Mary Anne and the Playground Fight'' (1998)
* ''Abby in Wonderland'' (1998)
* ''Kristy in Charge'' (1998)
* ''Claudia's Big Party'' (1998)
* ''Stacey [=McGill=]... Matchmaker'' (1998)
* ''Mary Anne in the Middle'' (1998)
* ''The All-New Mallory Pike'' (1999)
* ''Abby's Un-Valentine'' (1999)
* ''Claudia and the Little Liar'' (1999)
* ''Kristy on Bat'' (1999)
* ''Stacey's Movie'' (1999)
* ''The Fire at Mary Anne's House'' (1999)



* AdultsAreUseless: Usually averted. The parents are generally pretty good parents, and the sitters will not hesitate to take advice from them. Sometimes played straight in the ''Mysteries'' series, if the girls going to an authority figure would break the plot.
** However, also often played straight in that the parents of charges are frequently clueless about problems their children are having, until told by the BSC. For example:
*** Mrs. Arnold not realising that her identical twin daughters are acting out because they're sick of being treated like they're one person.
*** Mrs. Addison failing to realize that her kids want to spend some time with her instead of being dumped on sitters all the time.
*** Mrs. Barrett, when she's first introduced, is in the middle of an unpleasant divorce; as a result she is highly disorganized and does things like neglecting to leave the sitters with contact information and even forgetting to inform Dawn of one kid's allergies.
*** In a later book, Mrs. Prezzioso not noticing her older daughter's obsessive finicky behaviour and acting out, as she was too distracted by becoming a pageant mom for her younger daughter.
** Note all these parents are [[BumblingDad women]].
*** In the Arnold and Addison cases, as well as a few others not mentioned here explicitly, the fathers are just as clueless as the mothers; it's just that the mother is the one doing most of the talking to the baby-sitters.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Usually averted. The parents are generally pretty good parents, and the sitters will not hesitate to take advice from them. Sometimes played straight in the ''Mysteries'' series, if the girls going to an authority figure would break the plot.
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plot. However, also often played straight in that the parents of charges are frequently clueless about problems their children are having, until told by the BSC. For example:
*** ** Mrs. Arnold not realising that her identical twin daughters are acting out because they're sick of being treated like they're one person.
*** ** Mrs. Addison failing to realize that her kids want to spend some time with her instead of being dumped on sitters all the time.
*** ** Mrs. Barrett, when she's first introduced, is in the middle of an unpleasant divorce; as a result she is highly disorganized and does things like neglecting to leave the sitters with contact information and even forgetting to inform Dawn of one kid's allergies.
*** ** In a later book, Mrs. Prezzioso not noticing her older daughter's obsessive finicky behaviour and acting out, as she was too distracted by becoming a pageant mom for her younger daughter.
** Note all these parents are [[BumblingDad women]].
*** In the Arnold and Addison cases, as well as a few others not mentioned here explicitly, the fathers are just as clueless as the mothers; it's just that the mother is the one doing most of the talking to the baby-sitters.
daughter.



* AsianAirhead: Claudia. Early books treated this very mildly; later books made her seem almost borderline developmentally delayed.
** Made worse in the movie. [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick One movie critic]] stated the theory that she was "basically a functional retard."

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* AsianAirhead: Claudia. Early books treated this very mildly; [[{{flanderization}} later books books]] made her seem almost borderline developmentally delayed.
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delayed. [[CharacterExaggeration Made worse in the movie. movie.]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick One movie critic]] stated the theory that she was "basically a functional retard."



* AuthorAppeal: Ann M. Martin had the girls, as well as their classmates and the kids they babysat, watch the same TV shows and movies she enjoyed as a child. The result is a bunch of preteens from TheEighties and TheNineties whose pop culture references mostly come from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and other shows that were canceled decades before they were born.
** However, there's also some TruthInTelevision here (literally), because the books were written for the most part in TheEighties. At the time kids ''were'' watching reruns of classic sitcoms because basic cable stations, especially the TBS Super Station and USA Network, showed them nonstop as a source of cheap daytime programming filler. Additionally, Creator/NickAtNite debuted in the mid-80s and took over children's programming with reruns of some of these same sitcoms starting at 8 PM.

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* AuthorAppeal: Ann M. Martin had the girls, as well as their classmates and the kids they babysat, watch the same TV shows and movies she enjoyed as a child. The result is a bunch of preteens from TheEighties and TheNineties whose pop culture references mostly come from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and other shows that were canceled decades before they were born.
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born. However, there's also some TruthInTelevision here (literally), because the books were written for the most part in TheEighties. At the time kids ''were'' watching reruns of classic sitcoms because basic cable stations, especially the TBS Super Station and USA Network, showed them nonstop as a source of cheap daytime programming filler. Additionally, Creator/NickAtNite debuted in the mid-80s and took over children's programming with reruns of some of these same sitcoms starting at 8 PM.



* BusmansHoliday: Probably the worst example was when the girls were in New York and a British diplomat oh-so-conveniently staying in the same building as Stacey's friend Laine needed two thirteen-year-old baby-sitters to show his kids around the city.

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* BusmansHoliday: BusmansHoliday:
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Probably the worst example was when the girls were in New York and a British diplomat oh-so-conveniently staying in the same building as Stacey's friend Laine needed two thirteen-year-old baby-sitters to show his kids around the city.



* InformedJudaism: Abby.

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* InformedJudaism: Abby. She does have a Bat Mitzvah in one book though.



* LongLostUncleAesop: Several times.

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* LongLostUncleAesop: Several times.times:



** New, never-before-seen families ask for sitters in the books dealing with racism (''Keep Out, Claudia!'') and autism (''Kristy and the Secret of Susan'').
*** Susan actually does pop up again a hundred books later, in ''Babysitters European Vacation.'' She's home for the summer and attending a day camp where Dawn spends a day.

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** New, never-before-seen families ask for sitters in the books dealing with racism (''Keep Out, Claudia!'') and autism (''Kristy and the Secret of Susan'').
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Susan''). Susan actually does pop up again a hundred books later, in ''Babysitters European Vacation.'' She's home for the summer and attending a day camp where Dawn spends a day.



* ParentalSubstitute: Claudia's grandmother Mimi was this to Mary Anne.

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* ParentalSubstitute: ParentalSubstitute:
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Claudia's grandmother Mimi was this to Mary Anne.



* StockYuck: In one of the specials, where Stacey describes how while in New York she invited her new friend to a sleepover at Laine's. Laine and the others disliked the girl, partly because she asked for anchovies on the pizza they ordered.

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In one of the specials, where Stacey describes how while in New York she invited her new friend to a sleepover at Laine's. Laine and the others disliked the girl, partly because she asked for anchovies on the pizza they ordered.



* TeenGenius: Claudia's sister Janine suffers from most TVGenius symptoms, including SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, NerdGlasses, InsufferableGenius, OmnidisciplinaryScientist, and she [[ImprobablyHighIQ has an IQ of 196]].
** Surprisingly, though, with such a high IQ all they have her do is take a few courses at the local community college.

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* TeenGenius: Claudia's sister Janine suffers from most TVGenius symptoms, including SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, NerdGlasses, InsufferableGenius, OmnidisciplinaryScientist, and she [[ImprobablyHighIQ has an IQ of 196]].
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196]]. Surprisingly, though, with such a high IQ all they have her do is take a few courses at the local community college.



* WritersCannotDoMath: The number of bedrooms in Watson's house never seems to add up. Kristy says his house has 9 bedrooms, which should mean one each for Watson and Elizabeth, Kristy, Sam, Charlie, David Michael, Karen, Andrew, Emily Michelle and Nannie. However, in another book Kristy says that each of her brothers could have a whole suite of rooms if they wanted, and occasionally they've had entire families stay over with no discussion of people moving or sharing rooms.
** It may be that the "9 bedrooms" refers only to the bedrooms on the first and second floors. It's mentioned that there is a third floor and an attic that are never used ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which is most certainly not because the ghost of Ben Brewer haunts them]]), so her brothers ''could'' have suites, but would have to move to the upper floors. Presumably, these upper floors are where guests are quartered for the duration of their stay.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: The number of bedrooms in Watson's house never seems to add up. Kristy says his house has 9 bedrooms, which should mean one each for Watson and Elizabeth, Kristy, Sam, Charlie, David Michael, Karen, Andrew, Emily Michelle and Nannie. However, in another book Kristy says that each of her brothers could have a whole suite of rooms if they wanted, and occasionally they've had entire families stay over with no discussion of people moving or sharing rooms. \n** It may be that the "9 bedrooms" refers only to the bedrooms on the first and second floors. It's mentioned that there is a third floor and an attic that are never used ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which is most certainly not because the ghost of Ben Brewer haunts them]]), so her brothers ''could'' have suites, but would have to move to the upper floors. Presumably, these upper floors are where guests are quartered for the duration of their stay.
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Highly successful and popular series of books aimed at pre-teen girls, about a group of kids who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin run a club that offers their services as babysitters]]. The series was written by Ann M. Martin and published between 1986 and 2000. It also inspired a 1995 film, a TV series, dolls, 2 board games, 4 educational CD-ROM games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs (as much as 4 manga-style graphic novels illustrated by Raina Telgemeier). Every story was told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, and began with a description of the rest of the club members.

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Highly
A highly
successful and popular series of books aimed at pre-teen girls, about a group of kids who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin run a club that offers their services as babysitters]]. The series was written by Ann M. Martin and published between 1986 and 2000. It also inspired a 1995 film, a TV series, dolls, 2 board games, 4 educational CD-ROM games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs (as much as 4 manga-style graphic novels illustrated by Raina Telgemeier). Every story was told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, and began with a description of the rest of the club members.


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!!Main Books


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* ''Kristy and the Snobs'' (1988)
* ''Claudia and the New Girl'' (1988)
* ''Good-bye Stacey, Good-Bye'' (1988)
* ''Hello Mallory'' (1988)
* ''Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn'' (1988)
* ''Jessi's Secret Language'' (1988)
* ''Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery'' (1988)
* ''Stacey's Mistake'' (1988)
* ''Claudia and the Bad Joke'' (1988)
* ''Kristy and the Walking Disaster'' (1989)
* ''Mallory and the Trouble with Twins'' (1989)
* ''Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter'' (1989)
* ''Dawn on the Coast'' (1989)
* ''Kristy's Mother Day Surprise'' (1989)
* ''Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger'' (1989)
* ''Claudia and the Sad Good-Bye'' (1989)
* ''Jessi and the Superbrat'' (1989)
* ''Welcome Back, Stacey!'' (1989)
* ''Mallory and the Mystery Diary'' (1989)
* ''Mary Anne and the Great Romance'' (1990)
* ''Dawn's Wicked Step-Sister'' (1990)
* ''Kristy and the Secret of Susan'' (1990)
* ''Claudia and the Great Search'' (1990)
* ''Mary Anne and Too Many Boys'' (1990)
* ''Stacey and the Mystery Of Stoneybrook'' (1990)
* ''Jessi's Baby-sitter'' (1990)
* ''Dawn and the Older Boy'' (1990)
* ''Kristy's Mystery Admirer'' (1990)
* ''Poor Mallory!'' (1990)
* ''Claudia and the Middle School Mystery'' (1991)
* ''Mary Anne vs Logan'' (1991)
* ''Jessi and the Dance School Phantom'' (1991)
* ''Stacey's Emergency'' (1991)
* ''Dawn and the Big Sleepover'' (1991)
* ''Kristy and the Baby Parade'' (1991)
* ''Mary Anne Misses Logan'' (1991)
* ''Mallory on Strike'' (1991)
* ''Jessi's Wish'' (1991)
* ''Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street'' (1991)
* ''Dawn's Big Date'' (1992)
* ''Stacey's Ex-Best Friend'' (1992)
* ''Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies'' (1992)
* ''Kristy for President'' (1992)
* ''Mallory and the Dream Horse'' (1992)
* ''Jessi's Gold Medal'' (1992)
* ''Keep Out, Claudia'' (1992)
* ''Dawn Saves The Planet'' (1992)
* ''Stacey's Choice'' (1992)
* ''Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym)'' (1992)
* ''Mary Anne's Makeover'' (1992)


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[[folder: Books In The Series]]
* ''Kristy's Great Idea'' (1986)
* ''Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls'' (1986)
* ''The Truth about Stacey'' (1986)
* ''Mary Anne Saves The Day'' (1987)
* ''Dawn and the Impossible Three'' (1987)
* ''Kristy's Big Three'' (1987)
* ''Claudia and Mean Janine'' (1987)
* ''Boy-Crazy Stacey'' (1987)
* ''The Ghost At Dawn's House'' (1987)
* ''Logan Likes Anne!'' (1987)
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* BechdelTest: The books pass with great ease.
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