Original Publication Date: 1995
Written by A. L. Singer
In August of 1995, The Baby-sitters Club was released in theatres. Its plot isn't exactly canon in my mind, but does have similarities to a few books, including Kristy's portrait collection. I won't be counting anything in this book toward my totals, but I'll note things that stand out.
The basic plot is that the BSC decides to run a summer camp (like in Mary Anne and Camp BSC). They have some issues with a neighbor, but she ends up helping them later on after talking to Dawn: the BSC restores an old greenhouse and the neighbor helps convinces the historical society to give it the BSC so they can use it as a clubhouse. But they decide to continue in Claudia's room as it's always been, and give the greenhouse to the neighbor. It's odd.
There's also some stuff that happens when Kristy's father (I'm not calling him her "dad" as he hasn't acted like a dad) shows up and he doesn't want her to reveal that he's in town. He stands her up on her birthday, but the BSC saves the day.
Subplots include Stacey having a crush on Rosie Wilder's seventeen-year-old Swiss cousin, Alan Gray having one on Dawn, Cokie Mason trying to steal Logan from Mary Anne again, and Claudia needing to pass summer school in order to remain in the BSC.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: Hershey's kisses in her dresser and licorce in her nightstand. Also, Dawn brings some health-food chips
Mary Anne must have shrunk, because she and Kristy are the same height again and Kristy's still five feet tall.
Hunter Bruno is now allergic to wheat as well. Poor kid.
Patrick Thomas was married for a while after abandoning Kristy and her family.
The Club (and clients):
Dawn sits for a kid named Margie Klinger; Mallory sits for twins Terri and Tammy Barkan. The twins try to switch on Mallory but she's able to tell who is who because of having triplet brothers...funny, that didn't work with the Arnold twins.
No, Kristy's missed more than one meeting. She skipped a few during their fight in Mary Anne Saves the Day.
Oh, and Mallory? "We never fight"? Did you hit your head or something?
SMS: summer break.
I hope it doesn't need to be said, but if the secret you're keeping could hurt someone it's a bad secret to keep.
Despite being about 20 pages shorter than a regular BSC book, this has 22 chapters plus an epilogue like a Super Special. And it's written in third person.
Starting 8th grade: 7
Halloweens in 8th grade: 4 (plus one in seventh)
Thanksgivings in 8th grade: 1
Christmases in 8th grade: 1 (Hanukkah is also mentioned, but no one in the BSC celebrates it)
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2
Summers after 8th grade: 8
BSC Fights: 10
SMS Staff and Faculty: 48
Students (other than the BSC): 175; 111 8th graders, 6 7th graders, 42 6th graders, 15 unspecified. Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation tells us that SMS has about 380 students.
Clients: 33 families
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 112