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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slow-paced but sweet prequel to classic friendship series.

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This is a sweet, slightly dated story about friendship and how it can smooth the bumpy road to growing up. The friendship between Kristy and overprotected Mary Anne is the strongest, and they support and love each other like sisters. The classic dilemma of growing up faster (or more slowly) than your friends is dealt with in a believable and natural story arc and may be reassuring to girls who are noticing that their friends are changing. The cruelty of girls this age who willingly torment other girls or stand by and watch it happen is depicted with a stark awareness of the damage it can do, and Stacey is lucky she is moving to a new town where she can make new friends and leave the cruelty behind. For girls stuck in that situation, it may not reveal many coping strategies, though they may find solace in reading about someone else going through the same thing.

Book Details

  • Author: Ann M. Martin
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication date: April 1, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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