Baby-Sitters Club Franchise Rebooted


Get excited, ladies! Scholastic today announced plans to bring back Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series, which tracked the wholesome exploits of a topflight squadron of entrepreneurial seventh-grade child-care experts in 213 books published between 1986 and 2000. Coming in April are repackaged versions of the first two BSC titles (which are currently out of print) — Kristy’s Great Idea and Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls — along with an all-new prequel by Martin, The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before, which will reveal for the first time the pre-club origin stories of Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne. The reissues will be lightly revised to appeal to today's world-weary pre-teen readers (the babysitters will no longer use cassette players or have perms, reports the Times), and, in a concession to the Twilight-obsessed YA book market, include even more abstinence.

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