History Literature / TheBabysittersClub

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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* StockYuck: StockYuck:
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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.
27th Sep '17 6:50:06 PM Pichu-kun
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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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* ''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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24th Sep '17 10:57:00 AM nombretomado
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* BechdelTest: The books pass with great ease.
19th Aug '17 12:23:24 PM MagBas
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*** That student, Amelia, was actually introduced 33 books earlier as Dawn's rival for head of the school's new recycling program, but had not been seen since then.
19th Aug '17 12:21:50 PM tosybelle
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*** That student, Amelia, was actually introduced 33 books earlier as Dawn's rival for head of the school's new recycling program, but had not been seen since then.
2nd Aug '17 9:59:57 PM K
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** In early books, Elizabeth Thomas is described as mindful of her older children's time, and financially comfortable enough to afford daycare and baby-sitters for David Michael. In ''Friends Forever,'' however, Charlie complains bitterly about having to quit baseball and sacrifice his social life in order to help Elizabeth raise David Michael, specifically because they couldn't afford daycare after the loss of Patrick's income.
1st Jul '17 7:27:20 AM annette12
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* RaplecementLoveInterest: 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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* RaplecementLoveInterest: 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.
1st Jul '17 7:26:42 AM annette12
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* RaplecementLoveInterest: 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.
22nd May '17 7:25:52 PM InSetsofThree
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** In early books, Elizabeth Thomas is described as mindful of her older children's time, and financially comfortable enough to afford daycare and baby-sitters for David Michael. In ''Friends Forever,'' however, Charlie complains bitterly about having to quit baseball and sacrifice his social life in order to help Elizabeth raise David Michael, specifically because they couldn't afford daycare after the loss of Patrick's income.
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