Title: Mary Anne Saves the Day
Author: Ann M. Martin
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #4
Blurb: Mary Anne has never been a leader of the Baby-sitters Club. She’s left that up to Kristy… or Claudia… or Stacey. But now there’s a big fight among the four friends, and Mary Anne doesn’t have them to depend on anymore.
It’s bad enough when she’s left alone at the lunch table at school. But when she has to baby-sit a sick child without any help from the club members, Mary Anne knows it’s time to take charge.
The Baby-sitters Club is going to fall apart unless somebody does something – fast. Maybe it’s time for Mary Anne to step in and save the day!
Review: Of all the members of the Baby-Sitters Club, the one I identified most with was Mary Anne. Like her, I always felt shy and my parents were very protective of me. There were quite a few rules in my house growing up, although not quite as restrictive as Mary Anne’s dad. I didn’t have to keep my hair in braids or only wear skirts and penny loafers.
I also was never, ever interested in baby-sitting. Except vicariously through books, of course.
This book shows that the BSC is definitely not perfect. They spend most of this book barely speaking to each other due to a misunderstanding that blows up into a pretty big fight. The “sick child” in the blurb actually had a really high fever – 104 degrees. I have to admit, I would be really scared if a kid in my care was that sick and I couldn’t reach anyone. Mary Anne keeps pretty calm and is able to take care of the situation, calling 911 and getting Jenny some help.
Also, this is the book where we meet Dawn! Dawn has just moved from California due to her parents’ divorce and becomes Mary Anne’s friend while she is not speaking to the other BSC members. We also find out that Dawn’s mom and Mary Anne’s dad knew each other when they were in high school – and even dated! How cool is that!