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The Summer Before (Paperback)

Author:  Ann M. Martin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0545160944
ISBN-13: 9780545160940
Sku: 217204288
Publish Date: 4/1/2011
Pages:  224
Age Range:  12 to 16
The BSC returns in this prequel from Newbery Honor author Martin. Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four girls named Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey. As they start the summer before seventh grade, each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Reissue.
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The BSC returns in this fantastic prequel from Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin.

Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four girls named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill. As they start the summer before seventh grade (also before they start the BSC), each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Kristy is still hung up on hoping that her father will return to her family. Mary Anne has to prove to her father that she's no longer a little girl who needs hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind...

Ann M. Martin's prequel to her wildly popular Babysitter's Club series find four girls struggling to cope with growing up, each in her own way. Mary Anne's father is incredibly overbearing, and she wants to find a way to babysit without him, while Kristy longs for the return of her dad. Her mother's new boyfriend makes her miss her father even more. Their other good friend, Claudia, seems to be seriously drifting away from them with her very first boyfriend. And no one has even met Stacey yet, who is hoping that getting away from mean girls in New York City will be a new start. In the summer leading up to the founding of the Babysitter's Club, the quartet has to cope with their own problems before they can become a group.
Author Bio
Ann M. Martin
Ann M. Martin is the creator of one of the most popular series of books for middle grade readers --The Babysitters Club. The series began in 1986 and in the late 1990s over 100 million books were in print. The series has been translated into 19 languages, has a fan club with over 60,000 members, and has even become a television series and a movie. Martin has said that she bases the characters and events in these stories on her own memories of childhood. In addition to her work on The Babysitters Club, Martin has also written young adult novels such as ME AND KATIE (THE PEST) and TEN KIDS, NO PETS.


"These family and friendship issues will be familiar to today's middle-grade girls, who will identify with at least one of the characters as closely as their mothers did. Book candy at its best." 03/15/2010

"Martin credibly and affectingly blends the friends' stories and resolves their issues, while deftly foreshadowing what lies ahead." 03/15/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks
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