Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter (RS#68)

Original Publication Date: 1993

Ghostwriter? Yes, Suzanne Weyn (and "Special thanks to Beth Perkins for her creative input")


The BSC is busier than ever, and with Dawn gone for six months and Mallory seeming to be coming down with some mysterious illness, the club jumps at the chance to bring on Jessi's friend Wendy as a new member. She's great with kids, but in the chaos of the busy schedule, she never really gets the rules and expectations of the BSC explained to her, and she doesn't always get to sitting jobs on time. It turns out the BSC isn't a good fit for her and vice versa. She's gone by the end of the book.

The BSC charges miss Dawn as well, and film a version of Snow White that involved Captain Planet to send to her. During the process, Jessi notices Margo Pike shoplifting, and it eventually comes out that she's swiped a few small things. Jessi helps her come clean about it and make restitution.

Best of all, Shannon is now the Alternate Officer!

Established or continued in this book:

The Girls (and Logan):

Claudia candy: cupcakes in her desk drawer (I WANT CANDY SO BAD RIGHT NOW! I would totally go to a store for Halloween candy right now, in the middle of the night, except that the baby's asleep.)

Jessi mentions praying twice, which makes four offhand references that her family might be religious, but it's so vague I can't tell.

Mallory's still into archery.

Stacey shows an interest in film-making, which will resurface toward the end of the series.

Their Families:

The Ramseys have cable.

Jeff Schafer is a Grateful Dead fan.

The Club:

Jessi tells us Dawn, as alternate officer has held each position at least once. Let's see...Kristy missed at least one meeting (when her dog died), Claudia was out of commission when her leg was broken, Stacey sometimes leaves for New York on Fridays and she lived there for a while, and Mary Anne skipped some meetings during the backlash over her haircut. Yep, checks out.

The BSC has to turn down a job!


Sixth-grade student: Wendy Loesser

PSA Time: nothing stood out.


I might not have any candy, but I just remembered that I have some poppyseed muffin mix. Close enough for me; I'm going to make some.

The numbers:

Starting 8th grade: 6

Halloweens in 8th grade: 2 (plus one in seventh)

Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2

Summers after 8th grade: 6

BSC Fights: 8

SMS Staff and Faculty: 36

Students (other than the BSC): 112; 78 8th graders, 2 7th graders, 19 6th graders, 12 unspecified

Clients: 29

Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 85

Mary Anne-2

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