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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Review: The Summer Before (Babysitters Club)

The Summer Before (Babysitters Club)
by Ann M. Martin
Scholastic Canada
ISBN: 978-0-545-16093-3
Ages: 8 - 11
224 Pages

Description: 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... order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

Jen's Review
: Usually my 8 yr old boy, Jake, and I do a review of all the books that we recieve from Scholastic Canada. In this case Jake took one look at this title and said -- no way mom -- so not going to happen.  I was a good mom and agreed that he didn't have to read this one.  Although, seriously don't you think it would be good for his future dating days to know how young girls think ; )

After reading this I felt like I was 12 again and going through all those wonderful and hell filled days of being a preteen.  It is a nice sweet read reminiscent of Sisterhood of the Traveling pants for the younger set.  Each chapter is told from the voice of one of the characters and is done in a nice smooth fashion so the story isn't broken up too much from one chapter to the next.   The themes that were present in the original series are introduced very effectively in this story.  Also a nice introduction to the original characters for the next generation of BSC readers.  This prequel to the babysitter series really adds some nice back story to the characters I loved and read about back when I was a preteen. I think it would be a great read for any little girl from about 7 and up and also for those women like myself who enjoyed the original series.  A little nostalgia is good for the soul : )

My only real complaint about the book is that the 4 main characters speak far too maturely for their age - a little unrealistically in my opinion.  Unfortunately, I also think it might be a hard sell to the 9 - 11 year old readers who are reading much more mature stuff like the Twilight and Hunger Games series.   But the younger 7 - 10 year old girls will enjoy it
Rating: 7/10

I received the above mentioned book from Scholastic Canada in exchange for an honest review

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