So I randomly thought about one of my favorite book series the other day and wondered what the girls (and boy) of the Babysitters Club were up to. If you’ve never actually read the series, they aren’t worthy of any great literary awards, but they are amusing and easy to read since you can always skip the second two chapters.
Why would I skip the two chapters? Because they are almost exactly the same in every single one of the 208 books. Yes, there really are 208 different Babysitters Club Books (including mysteries and specials) although only the first thirty-five were actually written by the author Ann Martin. The rest were ghost written by other authors, but follow the same format and characters – you’d never know they weren’t all hers. (The chapters I skip introduce the members and tell about the club.)
What’s It All About?
The basic storyline of the entire series is four friends form a club, The Babysitters Club, which meets during the evenings three nights a week. During the meetings, parents call in looking for a babysitter for various days and nights and the girls schedule a sitter for each family. The members record their experiences in journals to help others and all have roles in the club.
Over time, new members are added to the club as the girls meet new friends and see a need for more sitters. Over the course of two years, the BSC expands to ten members total with nine girls and one boy, Logan. Logan was the center of attention in many books for his radical decision to join such a girly group.
Who Are the Babysitters?
I’ll admit that I read close to 75 of the books all together (yes, I’m a nerd but they are really fast reads!) so I never even met some of the characters that were introduced later, but the central characters that were in the first dozen or so books stayed with the series until the bitter end.
Kristy – Kristy is the group’s founder who is known for being bossy, a tomboy and taking an active interest in her younger siblings. Her mother remarried a millionaire during the series, so Kristy goes through a lot of change and gains a lot of experience with step siblings.Claudia
– Claudia has a private phone line, so her room is the headquarters of the club. This makes her the vice president. She’s much more interested in her funky wardrobe that her schoolwork, and her art is what really makes her shine.
Stacey – Stacey is Claudia’s best friend and is another fashionable member of the club. She moves away when her father is transferred, but moves back when her parents get divorced. She’s diabetic and extremely fashionable…she’s also a bit boy crazy.Mary Ann
– Shy and extremely organized, Mary Ann is the club’s secretary. She’s also the first member of the club to have a real boyfriend. Forced to wear pigtails and a uniform by her father, she’s under tight control until she stands up to him in Book #4.
Dawn – Dawn joins the group shortly after it forms and winds up being Mary Ann’s step sister when their parents, former high school sweethearts, get back together. Dawn’s dad lives in California and her brother moves back to be with him. Dawn eventually moves back also but remains an honorary member.
Other members of the club include Mallory, Jesse, Logan, Shannon, and Abigail.