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.