Summer Before

Summer Before

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Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey:
Discover how four girls become for friends...forever!

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 the summer 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 to be subject to hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind in order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

Whether you owned one (or 132) of the 176 million copies of the original Baby-sitters Club series or if this is your first visit to Stoneybrook, The Summer Before is a sweet, moving novel about four girls on the edge of something big-not just the Club that will change their lives, but also all the joys and tribulations of being twelve and thirteen.

Edition: PB
ISBN: 9780545160940


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Nov 23, 2017

This is so good. It really shows some people that even though people are going to change, you can still be best friends. It also shows how sometimes, its okay to help other people out, and love them, but you shouldn't depend on them a lot- if their going through hard times.

Feb 13, 2016

My 6th grade daughter loved this book.

Aug 04, 2015

From looking at the comments, I will, "probably" (I put quotations on probably, because I so far loooved the BSC books) love the book. If your thinking why I said when, it's because I have it ready on my hold, but we cannot get it since we are going far away from Ottawa. I wish I could read it already!! (My friends say it's really good.) One of my friends want to write something, see ya! I have never read it but it sounds interesting! Can't wait to see! That was what she had to say!

Jul 15, 2013

I can't place a hold at all and i really want this book

peacelilly2 Aug 09, 2012

This was a really enjoyable book i liked how one of the characters wanted independence an for her father to stop treating her like a little kid it surprised me to see how responsiable she was an also how she could handle a very adult situation an amazing read very recomendable.

Jul 15, 2012

This is the best book ever i think that poeple should read it great book

Jun 15, 2011

It was a really good book.

Apr 04, 2011

The first (and best) Babysitter's Club book!

Jun 16, 2010

Wow, a prequel to the Baby-Sitters Club! I haven’t thought of the BSC in years. Every girl wants to ride horses and be a baby-sitter and I was no exception. Reading this prequel immediately brought me back to Claudia’s bedroom. Everybody’s back story feels very familiar, except Stacey’s – her history and her place in the narrative reveal her to be an incredibly deep and mature middle-schooler.

loonylovesgood Apr 06, 2010

I'm a sucker for the Baby-Sitters Club. It was the very first chapter book series I became hooked on. I collected all of the books (including Super Specials, Mysteries, you name it, I had it) and when I heard a prequel was coming out, I knew I just had to read it. Sure, I'm older now, but I still love reading about these girls. This was a great story about what happened the summer before the BSC formed. I enjoyed it! I have also taken a liking to the graphic novels now as well. I guess I'm young at heart!


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Jun 22, 2016

"The Summer is very hot."


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