The Resource The summer before, Ann M. Martin

The summer before, Ann M. Martin

Label
The summer before
Title
The summer before
Statement of responsibility
Ann M. Martin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During the summer before their seventh-grade year, Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey tackle difficulties, including family problems, crushes, moving, and making new friends
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Storyline
Tone
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Review
  • Gr. 4-6 In this engaging, entertaining prequel to the popular Baby-Sitters Club series, Martin steps back to offer in-depth character introductions, highlighting the girls’ experiences just prior to the club’s formation. For each character, the summer before seventh grade brings unexpected changes. Kristy, still adjusting to her parents’ divorce, resents her mom’s new boyfriend and seeks connection with her remarried and unreachable father; quiet Mary Anne yearns for independence from her strict, overprotective dad; artistic Claudia worries that she is maturing faster than her friends; and Stacey, still in New York, struggles with managing her diabetes and her loneliness after she is dumped by her best friend. Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy each girl’s lively alternating first-person stories, all supportively portrayed. Although the characters face difficulties and disappointments, they also find fun, surprising opportunities, and unique insights, with hints of further connections and possibilities to come. -- Rosenfeld, Shelle (Reviewed 04-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 15, p42)
  • Written by turn in the voice of each girl, Martin's thoughtfully crafted prequel to the Baby-sitters Club brings the series' four protagonists through an emotional, often bumpy summer. On the eve of seventh grade, each feels stranded. Feisty Kristy resents the presence of her divorced mother's boyfriend, and thinks she's the only one in her “oh-so-happy” family who still misses her father. Shy Mary Anne begins to feel smothered by her overprotective single father, who still selects her clothes and refuses to let her babysit by herself. Both girls feel abandoned by free-spirited Claudia, whose preoccupation with her first boyfriend also alienates her older sister (who liked him first). Chiming in from a distance, Stacey is friendless in New York City and looks forward to starting a new life when she moves to Stoneybrook, Conn. Despite some passages that readers may find dated (“So we spent an enjoyable two hours swinging on the swings...”; “My gifts were lovely”), Martin credibly and affectingly blends the friends' stories and resolves their issues, while deftly foreshadowing what lies ahead. Ages 8–12. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 15, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 11, p53)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club returns! Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey take turns describing the summer after sixth grade, before their club began. Kristy's mother's dates with Watson become more frequent, Mary Anne chafes at father's rules, Claudia gets a boyfriend and Stacey moves from New York to Stoneybrook. This prequel is smoothly integrated with the familiar series; the first three have been lightly brought up-to-date and will be reissued for a new generation of readers. During the summer Kristy deludes herself that her absentee father will take note of her 12th birthday; Mary Anne struggles to get permission to babysit on her own; Stacey describes how her best friend turned on her, after she developed diabetes; Claudia's focus on Frankie, a rising ninth grader whose usual friends are out of town, sets her at odds with old friends and even her sister. These family and friendship issues will be familiar to today's middle-grade girls, who will identify with at least one of the characters as closely as their mothers did. Book candy at its best. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
344244
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Martin, Ann M.
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
008-011
Interest level
  • Middle Grades
  • 3-5
  • MG
  • 3-5
LC call number
PZ7.M3567585
LC item number
Bab 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
  • 4.7
  • 4.7
  • 4.7
  • 4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Baby-sitters Club
Series volume
Prequel
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Family problems
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Moving, Household
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Family problems
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Moving, Household
  • Best friends
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Friendship
  • Moving, Household
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The summer before, Ann M. Martin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Prequel to: The Babysitters Club series
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn437300804
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
215 pages
Isbn
9780545243865
Lccn
2009037868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780545160933
System control number
(OCoLC)437300804
Label
The summer before, Ann M. Martin
Publication
Note
Prequel to: The Babysitters Club series
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn437300804
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
215 pages
Isbn
9780545243865
Lccn
2009037868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780545160933
System control number
(OCoLC)437300804

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