The Sleepover Club is a children's book series; the initial concept and the first five books were by Rose Impey, whilst other authors collaborated on the rest of the series.
Set in Cuddington, near Leicester, the story centers around five ten (and eventually eleven) year old girls; Francesca "Frankie" Thomas, Laura "Kenny" McKenzie, Felicity "Fliss" Sidebotham, Lyndsey "Lyndz" Collins, and Rosie Cartwright. They consider themselves the best of friends and form a club entitled "The Sleepover Club," involving their sleeping around one another's houses on a regular basis.
An Australian TV series was produced following the same basic plotline, with a few changes in characters/backstories.
Provides examples of:
- Berserk Button: Most of the narrating girls will warn the reader never to call Kenny by her given name, Laura, if you value your own life.
- Cheerful Child: Most of the girls are pretty happy the vast majority of the time; the few vaguely serious problems that do arise are usually resolved quickly, or the girls at least find some acceptance of them.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kenny's oldest sister, Emma, isn't mentioned again after the first few books.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kenny and Frankie. Borders on a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship at times, especially since in the one book where the two have an argument they treat it very much as a lovers' quarrel and Frankie seems very jealous over Kenny's crush on her ski instructor.
- Introductory Opening Credits: In the TV series, the opening shows each of the main characters with just their first names beside them. Unlike most similar live-action shows, the actors's names are only listed in the closing titles.
- Kick the Dog: A core trait of the M&Ms. While they are archenemies of the club and are expected to say and do mean things to them, they also pick on children younger than them in some books, and even insulted Rosie's brother for having cerebral palsy (pushing a Berserk Button for Rosie).
- One Steve Limit: A notable exception with Kenny's oldest sister and an enemy of the main five girls, who are both called Emma.
- Race Lift: When the books were adapted for TV, Kenny and Lyndz swapped ethnicities.
- Running Gag: Lyndz's hiccups tend to crop up at least once in each book.