Check out my The Baby-sitters Club book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book.The Baby-Sitters (or The Baby-Sitters Club) is a series of novels for teenage girls by American author Ann M. Martin, published between 1986 and 2000 by Scholastic. In Quebec, it is published by Héritage Jeunesse and by Folio Junior in France.

The Baby-sitters Club book

 

The original series includes 131 books, 15 Super Special, 36 Mystery, some miscellaneous books, 4 Super Mystery, 6 Portrait Books and 14 "Friends Forever". Only part of these works have been translated for the French-speaking public.

 The Baby-sitters Club book summary

 The books were first published in 1986. They were particularly successful with American, Canadian, and European teenage girls in the 1990s. Around 2010, the series found some success.

In 2009, it is estimated that more than 176 million copies were sold between 1986 and 20001,2. in 2016, this figure rose to 178 million copies3.

In 2012, the series was adapted into a digital book, in order to relaunch the series on slightly more modern notes1.

In 2020, a version adapted to screens is broadcast on the Netflix platform; creating a new craze for the teenage series. The TV series is slightly different from the paper5 series.

The series follows a group of thirteen-year-old teenage girls, who form a babysitting business in the fictional small town of Stonebrook, Connecticut, a three-hour train ride from New York. Each volume features a particular member of the club,

who tells in the first person the difficulties she encounters with the children in her care, or in her personal life. Many themes are covered, such as mourning, racism, first love, relationships with parents, autism, adoption...

In the Quebec edition, the names of the young heroines were changed to French versions and the action transposed to Nouville, Canada, although the plots are identical to those of the original volumes. For France, the Baby-Sitters remain American, but some names have also been changed.

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