Synopsis: Why does it seem like the BSC is doing everything it can to keep Mallory fromjoining? Enough is enough! Mallory starts her own baby-sitting service with a new girl at school, Jessi Ramsey.
Release Date: August 1996
Genres: Middle Grade, Friendship, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Teen,
Review: I love Mallory but this wasn’t her best book by a long shot. The book had a few faults to it but whatever. Mallory was finally getting to join the club but only if she can meet the high standards Kristy puts on her. She gets frustrated that the girls are judging her and not accepting how good she is with kids.
Kristy was honestly so horrible in this book and the girls all kinda seemed different to normal, I know Stacey had left so they were sad but man were they just plain rude and cruel to Mallory. They all knew her and worked with her yet treated her like she was going to hurt every child she came near and like she was dumb. It was so sad for Mallory that they treated her like that.
I loved though that she made friends with Jessi and that together found a fun way to babysit and gain experience all on their own and finally made a best friend in each other. They are so sweet together and it was so nice reading how they became best friends.
Overall this book was a bit of a bust it just wasn’t the greatest at all, it was so flawed, so much bullying in this one book and for no good reason either. I do like that the issues worked out in the end and it was better for Mallory but honestly all the stuff she had to go through was so unnecessary.
About Author: Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children’s books. She’s now a full-time writer.
Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann’s characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Ann has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.
Since ending the BSC series in 2000, Ann’s writing has concentrated on single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s.
After living in New York City for many years, Ann moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Willy and Woody. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and needlework. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children.