10/28/13

Acknowledging the Ghostwriters

A lot of us didn't realize until adulthood that Ann M. Martin employed a plethora of ghostwriters. In retrospect, it makes sense considering there were two books a month being published at some points! Martin outlined every book and looked over the final products, but how many did each person actually write?

Written solely by Ann M. Martin 
(60; 42 regular series, 10 super specials, 2 letter format, 3 CD, 2 FFSS, and The Summer Before. NO mysteries, super mysteries, portrait collections, or Friends Forever books)

1986-4
#1 Kristy's Great Idea
#2 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (one of my favorites)
#3 The Truth about Stacey
#4 Mary Anne Saves the Day (one of my favorites)

1987-4
#5 Dawn and the Impossible Three
#6 Kristy's Big Day
#7 Claudia and Mean Janine
#8 Boy-Crazy Stacey

1988-13 (12 RS, 1 SS)
#9 The Ghost at Dawn's House (one of my favorites)
#10 Logan Likes Mary Anne!
#11 Kristy and the Snobs
#12 Claudia and the New Girl
Super Special #1 Baby-Sitters on Board!
#13 Goodbye, Stacey, Goodbye
#14 Hello, Mallory
#15 Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn
#16 Jessi's Secret Language
#17 Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery (one of my favorites)
#18 Stacey's Mistake
#19 Claudia and the Bad Joke (one of my favorites)
#20 Kristy and the Walking Disaster

1989-9 (7 RS, 2 SS)
#21 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins
#22 Jessi Ramsey, Pet Sitter
#24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise
#25 Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger
SS#2 Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation 
#26 Claudia and the Sad Goodbye
#28 Welcome Back, Stacey!
#29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary
SS#3 Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation
 Ghostwritten: 2, by Jan Carr

1990-9 (7 RS, 2 SS)
#30 Mary Anne and the Great Romance
#31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister
#32 Kristy and the Secret of Susan
#33 Claudia and the Great Search
SS#4 Baby-sitters' Island Adventure
#36 Jessi's Baby-sitter
#38 Kristy's Mystery Admirer
#39 Poor Mallory!
SS#5 California Girls!
GW: 3, by Mary Lou Kennedy (2) and Ellen Miles (1)

1991-6 (4 RS, 2 SS) 
#41 Mary Anne vs. Logan
#43 Stacey's Emergency
SS#6 New York, New York!
#46 Mary Anne Misses Logan
#48 Jessi's Wish
SS#7 Snowbound!
GW: 8 (6 RS, 2 M), by Ellen Miles (5), Peter Lerangis (2), and Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (1)

1992-6 (4 RS, 2 SS)  
#51 Stacey's Ex-Best Friend
#52 Mary Anne +2 Many Babies
SS#8 Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake
#56 Keep out, Claudia!
#58 Stacey's Choice
SS#9 Starring the Baby-sitters Club!
GW: 11 (6 RS, 4 M, 1 RR), by Ellen Miles (4), Peter Lerangis (2), Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (2), Suzanne Weyn (2), and Nola Thacker (1)

1993-1 (letter format) 
Chain Letter book
GW: 19 (11 RS, 6 M, 1 SS, 1 RR), by Ellen Miles (6), Peter Lerangis (6), Nola Thacker (3), Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (2), and Suzanne Weyn (2)

1994-2 (1 SS, 1 letter format) 
SS#11 Baby-sitters Remember (one of my favorites)
Secret Santa
GW: 19 (10 RS, 6 M, 1 SS, 1 RR, 1 PC), by Ellen Miles (6), Peter Lerangis (4), Nola Thacker (3) Suzanne Weyn (3), Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (2), and Jeanne Betancourt (1)

1995 
All twenty books ghostwritten: 12 regular series, 4 mysteries, 2 super mysteries, 2 portrait collections; by Nola Thacker (6), Peter Lerangis (5), Ellen Miles (3), Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (2), Jeanne Betancourt (2), and Suzanne Weyn (2). Also, the novelization of the movie was written in 1995 by A. L. Singer.

1996
All twenty books ghostwritten: 11 regular series, 1 super special, 5 mysteries, 1 super mystery, 2 portrait collections; by Peter Lerangis (8), Ellen Miles (5), Jeanne Betancourt (2), Nola Thacker (2), Suzanne Weyn (2), and Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (1)

1997-1 (CD)
California Diary: Dawn, Diary 1
GW: 22 (11 RS, 1 SS, 5 M, 1 SM, 1 PC, 3 CD); by Peter Lerangis (9), Ellen Miles (4), Nola Thacker (3), Suzanne Weyn (3), Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner (1), Jeanne Betancourt (1), and Vicki Berger Erwin (1)

1998
All twenty-two books ghostwritten: 11 regular series, 1 super special, 4 mysteries, 6 California Diaries; by Peter Lerangis (6), Suzanne Weyn (5), Ellen Miles (4), Jeanne Betancourt (2), Vicki Berger Erwin (2), Nola Thacker (2), and Diane Molleson (1)

1999-3 (2 CD, 1 FFSS) 
CD Dawn Diary 3
Friends Forever SS#1 Everything Changes
CD Sunny Diary 3
GW: 12 (6 RS, 1 CD, 5 FF)s; by Ellen Miles (4), Suzanne Weyn (4), Nola Thacker (2), Jeanne Betancourt (1),  and Laura Dower (1)

2000-1
FFSS#2 Graduation Day
GW: 9 (3 CD, 7 FF) by Ellen Miles (3), Nola Thacker (3), Suzanne Weyn (2), and Peter Lerangis (1)

2010
The Summer Before

And who are the ghostwriters who helped Martin be sure we could get our fix every month? Here are the eleven writers, in order from most "manuscripts helped prepared" to least.

Ellen Miles, Queen of the Mysteries! 
(45 books, 10 RS, 31 M, 4 FF; 1990-2000)

1990-1
#35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook

1991-5 (3 RS, 2 M)
#40  Claudia and the Middle School Mystery
#42 Jessi and the Dance School Phantom (one of my favorites)
#45 Kristy and the Baby Parade
M#1 Stacey and the Missing Ring
M#2 Beware, Dawn!

1992-4, all mysteries
M#3 Mallory and the Ghost Cat
M#4 Kristy and the Missing Child
M#5 Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic
M#6 The Mystery at Claudia's House

1993-6, all mysteries
M#7 Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs
M#8 Jessi and the Jewel Thieves
M#9 Kristy and the Haunted Mansion
M#10 Stacey and the Mystery Money
M#11 Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum
M#12 Dawn and the Surfer Ghost

1994-6, all mysteries
M#13 Mary Anne and the Library Mystery
M#14 Stacey and the Mystery at the Mall
M#15 Kristy and the Vampires
M#16 Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph
M#17 Dawn and the Halloween Mystery
M#18 Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House

1995-3, all mysteries
M#19 Kristy and the Missing Fortune
M#21 Claudia and the Recipe for Disaster
M#22 Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade

1996-5 (1 RS, 4 M)
M#23 Abby and the Secret Society
M#24 Mary Anne and the Silent Witness
M#25 Kristy and the Middle School Vandal
M#26 Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter
#101 Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout

1997-4 (1 RS, 3 M)
M#28 Abby and the Mystery Baby
M#29 Stacey and the Fashion Victim
M#31 Mary Anne and the Music Box Secret
#112 Kristy and the Sister War

1998-4 (1 RS, 3 M)
M#33 Stacey and the Stolen Hearts
#117 Claudia and the Terrible Truth
M#35 Abby and the Notorious Neighbor
M#36 Kristy and the Cat Burglar

1999-4 (3 RS, 1 FF)
#126 The All-New Mallory Pike
#129 Kristy at Bat
#130 The Fire at Mary Anne's House (last regular series book)
FF#5 Kristy Power!

2000-3 
FF#7 Claudia Gets Her Guy
FF#9 Kristy and the Kidnapper
FF#11 Welcome Home, Mary Anne!

Peter Lerangis, Master of Onomatopoeia and Scandalous Plots!  
(43 books, 27 regular series, 5 SS, 1 M, 2 RR, 8 CD; 1991-2000, excluding 1999)

1991-2
#44 Dawn and the Big Sleepover
#49 Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street

1992-2 (1 RS, 1 RR)
#55 Jessi's Gold Medal
Reader's Request: Logan's Story

1993-6 (4 RS, 1 SS, 1 RR)
#60 Mary Anne's Makeover
#65 Stacey's Big Crush
RR: Logan's Story
SS#10 Sea City, Here We Come!
#67 Dawn's Big Move
#70 Stacey and the Cheerleaders

1994-4 (3 RS, 1 SS)
#72 Dawn and the We Love Kids Club
#75 Jessi's Horrible Prank
#79 Mary Anne Breaks the Rules
SS#12 Here Come the Bridesmaids!

1995-5
#83 Stacey vs. the BSC
#85 Claudia Kishi, Live from WSTO!
#87 Stacey and the Bad Girls
#89 Kristy and the Dirty Diapers
#92 Mallory's Christmas Wish

1996-8 (6 RS, 1 SS, 1 M)
#95 Kristy + Bart = ?
#97 Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby
#98 Dawn and too Many Sitters
SS#13 Aloha, Baby-sitters!
#100 Kristy's Worst Idea
#102 Mary Anne and the Little Princess
M#27 Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost
#103 Happy Holidays, Jessi

1997-9 (5 RS, 1 SS, 3 CD)
#105 Stacey the Math Whiz
#106 Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade
#107 Mind Your Own Business, Kristy!
#109 Mary Anne to the Rescue
SS#14 BSC in the USA
CD Sunny, Diary 1
CD Maggie, Diary 1
#113 Claudia Makes Up Her Mind
CD Amalia Diary 1

1998-6 (1 RS, 1 SS, 4 CD)
#115 Jessi's Big Break
CD Ducky Diary 1
CD Sunny Diary 2
SS#15 Baby-sitters' European Vacation
CD Amalia Diary 2
CD Ducky Diary 2

2000-1
CD Amalia Diary 3

Nola Thacker, Jill of all Trades (and Parentheses Lover)!  
(25 books, 15 RS, 1 M, 3 SM, 1 RR, 1 PC, 1 CD, 3 FF; 1992-2000)

1992-1
#53 Kristy for President

1993-3
#62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever
#66 Maid Mary Anne
#63 Claudia's Freind Friend

1994-3 (2 RS, 1 RR)
#74 Kristy and the Copycat
#77 Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever
RR: Shannon's Story

1995-6 (4 RS, 1 SM, 1 PC)
#82 Jessi and the Troublemaker
Portrait Collection: Claudia's Book
#86 Mary Anne and Camp BSC
#90 Welcome to the BSC, Abby
#91 Claudia and the First Thankgiving
Super Mystery #2 Baby-sitters Beware

1996-2 (1 RS, 1 SM)
#96 Abby's Lucky Thirteen
SM#3 Baby-sitters' Fright Night

1997-3 (1 RS, 1 M, 1 SM)
M#30 Kristy and the Mystery Train
#110 Abby the Bad Sport
SM#4 Baby-sitters' Christmas Chiller

1998-2
#116 Abby and the Best Kid Ever
#118 Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer

1999-2 (1 RS, 1 FF)
#127 Abby's Un-Valentine
FF#1 Kristy's Big News

2000-3 (1 CD, 2 FF)
FF#8 Mary Anne's Revenge
FF#12 Claudia and the Disaster Date
CD Ducky Diary 3

Suzanne Weyn, Referencer of Past Books! 
(25, 21 RS and four FF;1992-2000)

1992-2
#50 Dawn's Big Date
#59 Mallory Hate Boys (and Gym)

1993-2
#61 Jessi and the Awful Secret
#68 Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter

1994-3
#71 Claudia and the Perfect Boy
#76 Stacey's Lie
#80 Mallory Pike, #1 Fan

1995-2
#84 Dawn and the School Spirit War
#88 Farewell, Dawn

1996-2
#94 Stacey McGill, Super Sitter
#99 Stacey's Broken Heart

1997-3
#104 Abby's Twin
#111 Stacey's Secret Friend
#114 The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier

1998-5
#119 Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend
#121 Abby in Wonderland
#122 Kristy in Charge
#124 Stacey McGill...Matchmaker?
#125 Mary Anne in the Middle

1999-4 (2 RS, 2 FF)
#128 Claudia and the Little Liar
#130 Stacey's Movie
FF#2 Stacey vs. Claudia
FF#3 Mary Anne's Big Breakup

2000-2
FF#6 Stacey and the Boyfriend Trap
FF#10 Stacey's Problem

Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner, the Dream Team! 
(11 books, ten regular series and one mystery; 1991-1997)

1991-1
#47 Mallory on Strike

1992-2
#54 Mallory and the Dream Horse
#57 Dawn Saves the Planet

1993-2 
#64 Dawn's Family Feud
#69 Get Well Soon, Mallory!

1994-2
#73 Mary Anne and Miss Priss
#78 Claudia and Crazy Peaches

1995-2 (1 RS, 1 M)
#81 Kristy and Mr. Mom
M#20 Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery

1996-1
#93 Mary Anne and the Memory Garden

1997-1
#108 Don't Give Up, Mallory!

Jeanne Betancourt, Portrait Collection Author and TV Show Writer Extraordinaire! 
(9 books, 1 SM, 5 PC, 3 CD; 1994-1999; plus a writer for the TV series with Ann M. Martin and Mary Pleschette Willis)

1994-1
Portrait Collection: Stacey's Book

1995-2 (1 SM, 1 PC)
Super Mystery #1 Baby-sitters' Haunted House
PC: Dawn's Book

1996-2
PC: Mary Anne's Book
PC: Kristy's Book

1997-1
PC: Abby's Book

1998-2
CD Dawn Diary 2
CD Maggie Diary 2

1999-1
CD Maggie Diary 3

Vicki Berger Erwin...it's hard to see a theme across three books but I'm sure she's a nice person! 
(3 books, 1 regular series and two mysteries, 1997-1998)

1997-1
M#32 Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting

1998-2 (1 RS, 1 M)
M#34 Mary Anne and the Haunted Bookstore
#123 Claudia's Big Party

Jan Carr, First among Ghostwriters! 
(2 regular series books, 1989)

1989-2
#23 Dawn on the Coast (first ghost-written book, due to Martin's never having been to California)
#27 Jessi and the Superbrat

Mary Lou Kennedy, Best-Selling Ghostwriter! 
(2 regular series books, 1990)
1990-2
#34 Mary Anne and too Many Boys (the best-selling BSC book, according to Graduation Day)

#37 Dawn and the Older Boy

Laura Dower...wrote one BSC book, and is also probably very nice!  
(1 Friends Forever book, 1999)

1999-1
FF#4 Claudia and the Friendship Feud

Diane Molleson...another one-hit wonder! 
(1 regular series book, 1998)

1998-1
#120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight


I know that it's become a big joke that Martin used ghostwriters, but I'm glad she did. No way we'd have gotten so many books and so much fun if she'd had to take on the task alone. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that little kid me never thought about how impossible it would have been for Ann to write all those books herself. I guess I must have thought she was some sort of superhuman? I'm going to miss your BSC posts but I am excited to see the American Girl books- though if Samantha wasn't your favorite, we might have a problem ;D

SJSiff said...

Of course Samantha is my favorite! That's one reason I'm saving her posts for December: her Christmas story is one of the best books, in my opinion.

Helen said...

AL Singer is also Lerangis :) The name comes from the anagram of Lerangis!

SJSiff said...

I never knew that! Thanks, Helen!

Mimi said...

This post was so informative!I loved your descriptions of the authors and it appears I have a lot to thank Ellen Miles for as the mysteries/spooky ones are my favourites.
I can't believe Mary Ann and too many boys is the bestselling Babysitters Club book. I thought it would have been Kristy's great idea.

SJSiff said...

Thank you, Mimi. I had fun coming up with the titles. The one for Ellen Miles pretty much wrote itself, and I figured I should keep going. :)

I really don't understand why Mary Anne and Too Many Boys was the best-selling (as of 2000). It wasn't that great of a book, in my opinion, although it wasn't bad. I would have an earlier one, too, or one of the Super Specials.