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Mary Anne Saves the Day (The Baby-Sitters Club #4)

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The Babysitters Club is in big trouble. All four girls are having a huge fight, and Mary Anne feels caught in the middle. She isnt usually the leader of their group, but when the club leaves her to run things, Mary Anne decides it's time to take charge. Can she save the BSC before it falls apart?
Published August 16th 1996 by Scholastic Hippo (first published February 1987)
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I never really liked Mary Anne much when I was younger. I thought she was a boring character with a boring background and a boring life.

While that's still true, I actually really enjoyed her character in this book. You can tell Ann M Martin intended for this to be the last book in the series - Mary Anne really grows up and becomes her own character, and the story ends on a satisfying high.

But it was still...well...boring. Basically, the BSC get into a massive fight and fued for weeks and weeks
Apr 02, 2007 melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing defines my preteen era more than The Babysitter's Club. OH, how much I would like to list all 179 books that I read. Instead, I will only add this one as it was the first one I read. I bought it by chance at one of those mobile book fairs that came to school every few months. Do they still have those things? They were great.
Rachel Brand
Dec 28, 2008 Rachel Brand rated it it was amazing
I got this off BookMooch as I never got the chance to read it as a child and it was the first Mary Anne book. A very sweet story, and definitely one of the better novels written by Ann herself, not the ghostwriters. It had a good message in it and was a nice read. 10/10
May 25, 2013 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls 8 and up
FINALLY I got to finish this! It's a bittersweet feeling, really. What a fantastic book. I don't know if it's nostalgia or if it's the writing or a combination of both, but I was so impressed by it, especially as an adult. I thought it was great when I read it twenty-odd years ago, and my opinion hasn't changed.

These books are out of print and this one just happened to be in a freebie pile. My friend snatched it up for me (thanks Diana!) and I'm so happy she did. Now I'm also incredibly disappo
when i was a kid, i was never into mary anne's character. i couldn't relate to all the shyness & crying, & it's no fun to read a book all about a shy character that cries all the time. i started reading the babysitters club series the month they started being published, & my dad took me to the bookstore every month so i could pick up the newest book (well, every three months at the beginning). this is the first of the mary anne books & damn...even the cover is a yawn. mary anne's ...more
True story: every time I've ever swept my bangs to the side and the bangs have gone too far, forming a daffodil bulb-type shape, I think, "Ugh. This is so Mary Anne on the cover of Mary Anne Saves The Day." (Original cover, of course.) It's a weird cover. Besides Mary Anne's odd appearance, Jenny Prezzioso's face looks like the man in the moon.

This was a good reread, but I have to say- Mary Anne's father's insistence upon keeping his preteen daughter positively infantile is incredibly creepy. Wh
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
I forgot how easy it was to sit down with a Baby-sitters Club book and just finish it in one sitting. This is probably one of the reasons I loved the series as a little girl. The other reason lay with the girls themselves. Despite how much or how little I liked each character, they all had at least one thing that resonated with the young girl I was.

Mary Anne is actually the first member of The Baby-sitters Club that I was introduced to and she always remained one of my favorites. Despite the fac
Julie Decker
Mary Anne, the shy and conservative babysitter who's being raised by a single dad, gets her first crack at narrating a book. In this one, she's got to use her practical skills to determine whether a child she's babysitting needs immediate medical attention, and she's only got herself to rely on because her friends are being petty and squabbling amongst themselves, so she feels she has no one to lean on. I liked that this book did a good job realistically portraying how fights between young peopl ...more
Aj'zalaya Miller
Mary Anne feels really bad about what happened at the babysitters club meeting.Mary anne went home and ate dinner, but her dad noticed she wasnt eating,her dad was asking her questions but she wasnt replying like she used to she was down and upset.Mary anne has never felt this way about anything,she had a big part in the fight to, she called the girls stuck up,conceited snob,job hog,mary anne was still upset...She wish she shouldnt have said those words..I think the main problem in the story is ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Marna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So...I was likely ten when I read this as I think it was one of the BSC books my best friend at the time actually owned.

Whenever I re-visit this, I think about the time I was working at the Salvation Army Thrift Store and there was this woman who had fallen-on-the-floor collapsed, right in front of the register. Both myself and my co-worker asked if she was okay. She didn't respond. Finally she said what sounded like, 'can't breathe,' so we finally called an ambulance and was subsequently chewe
Amanda Caldwell
I've always been relatively disinterested in Mary Anne, one of the more boring members of The BSC... or so I thought. I don't recall reading any of her books when I was younger. I didn't realize Mary Anne had such an attitude. I guess this is the first book where she really comes around and gains a mind of her own. I also didn't expect the introduction of Dawn in this book, though it makes perfect sense since her book is the 5th in the series.

In this book all the babysitters are in a row over a
Dec 23, 2009 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, 2009, bsc
I have such a soft spot for MA Saves the Day. It's the first time MA really stands up for herself and it also sets up her fighting style with the BSC. She takes their abuse until she snaps and then she hits them right where it hurts the most.

Most importantly for me, Dawn is introduced and I love the weird triangle it throws Dawn/MA/Kristy into.
Oct 11, 2012 Rylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I really felt for Mary Anne because I have the same personality as her and I I'd know what it would feel like to be In that situation.
Nicole G.
Nov 27, 2014 Nicole G. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
I miss the old covers. I seem to only be able to find the reprints, which have awful covers. The book was edited slightly to include a mention of cellular phones, because that sure as hell would not have been in the original edition.

Anyway, I always thought Mary Anne was whiny. She still kind of is. However, as an adult reading this again, the book's plot struck a chord with me, with regards to the infighting at the BSC. They blow up and get steaming mad, and then they can't remember why. The l
aka The One Where Mary Anne Grows Some Balls (or whatever)

Soft spot for this one. I was (probably still am) a Mary Anne that longed to be a Claudia.

I like that they actually act like kids here. The drama was stupidly hilarious, but pretty spot on for that age group.

I'm definitely reading the rewrite (vague allusions to cell phones) and they front mention Dawn being vegetarian.
I'm not sure if it's a part of the rewrite but they mentioned making Stacey a hamburger patty because she shouldn't have
Jan 07, 2016 Shira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
main plot: the baby-sitters get in a fight after calling each other a bunch of mean names. mary anne befriends the new girl, dawn schafer, and discovers that her dad and dawn's mom are high school sweethearts. titular side plot: mary anne shows she is responsible by keeping a level head when new client jenny prezzioso has a 104 degree fever. she starts to take control over her life, leading to her dad letting her baby-sit later hours and stop wearing braids.

-another reference to alexa
This week in Stoneybrook, our favorite Babysitters get in their biggest fight ever (so far) because Kristy forgets to ask the others if they'd like to babysit their neighbors' adorable new baby before taking the job herself. Names are called. Fight lasts entire book.

Meanwhile, Mary Anne proceeds on a quest to prove she's mature enough to stay out later and quit wearing her hair in braids. (view spoiler)
Laura Hughes
Jul 11, 2014 Laura Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babysitters-club
During a Baby-sitters Club feud, Mary Anne handles a child's medical emergency on her own.

The book starts with a bang: just as it looks like the first chapter will be a "here are the characters, here’s a typical meeting" set-up, the girls suddenly get into a huge fight. Kristy is so excited to get a call from Mrs. Newton asking to care for Jamie and baby Lucy (continuity from book #3, where caring for Lucy was a big deal) that she takes it on the spot, not offering it to the other members. This
Nov 09, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Ann Spier has a rough life. Her mother died, which makes her father a bit stern. And she is the secretary of the Baby-sitters Club. When her friends, Kristy Thomas,Claudia Kishi,and Stacy McGill get in a big argument, Mary Ann is forced to be alone. Then new girl Dawn Schafer steps in.
And this leads on some big changes, a sick child, and a romance that was left behind in high school. And Mary Ann gets a wish. Find it all out in this wonderful book! -C.
Oct 25, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with the girls getting into a huge fight. Mary Anne actually comes into her own in this book. While she's not my favorite of the baby-sitters, I do respect her, because she comes out of her shell. She even makes a new friend, Dawn, who becomes a member of the Baby-Sitters club at the end of the book.
Mary Anne also has to deal with a Baby-sitting emergency, which ends up not being so huge at all.
May 17, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children ages 9-13
Recommended to Janet by: b
I read this book as a child, and enjoyed it very much. More recently, however, my 9 year old read it. Here is her review"

"This is my favorite book in the world, not just my favorite BSC book. I liked when the baby sitters club got in a fight and when Mary Anne had to stand up to her father. It showed Mary Anne learning to be brave and stick up for herself in order to do things the other sitters get to do."
Imani McEwan
Nov 28, 2015 Imani McEwan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "Baby-Sitters Club" is a great serie of books. They teach young people how to be responsible and how to deal with a crisis. I love the Baby-Sitters Club because there is a character you can relate to. Each one of the girls have a different personality and goes through realistic situation. This book has lots of surprises. It is also appropriate for smaller children. I greatly recommend this book.
The main characters in my book are Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacy. They are best friends and they have started a babysitting club. They had a meeting like always. But that is when the conflict comes in. They get into a fight about taking babysitting jobs.

Mary Anne is trying to be the peace maker and tries to fix things. She writes notes but doesn't have the guts to give them to her friends. In the mean time she makes a new friend at lunch. Dawn (her new friend) invites Mary Anne to her house aft
Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
The BSC changed my life in the 5th and 6th grade. My friends and I would coordinate so that we could read all of the books. I remember writing to Ann M. Martin to get her autograph. I thought it was amazing that she actually responded to me! I loved that you could always count on Mary Ann. She always seemed like such a true blue friend.
Katie Fitzgerald
All in all, this book is one of the better ones in the original quartet. The girls' fight is very realistic, and shows the immaturity middle school conflicts can sometimes have. The babysitters seem sort of perfect in the later books, but here they felt like real tweens. This book also has the best cover of any of the re-releases. I love the use of band-aids to hint at the medical emergency, but the presence of peace signs, which also hints at Mary Anne's attempts to bring peace to the BSC's big ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Chrissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was one of the cutest covers that I could remember.

I loved seeing the slow liberation of Mary-Anne from her overbearing father. And of course, the entrance of Dawn into the mix. She was the baby-sitter I most wanted to *be* back in my childhood.

Oh, and we can't forget the reunion of Mary-Anne's dad with Dawn's mom....

May 09, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The girls get in a fight and Dawn Shafer comes in as a new girl. An emergency with one of the children and an almost ruined birthday party. Will the girls be able to make up? And what happens when Mary Anne and Dawn find out their parents knew each other in high school?
In this book, Mary Anne has to deal with two major crises: taking care of an extremely sick kid, and dealing with a fight of unprecedented seriousness between her friends. The book did a good job showing some things a young, pre-driving babysitter might need to think of while taking care of a kid who suddenly gets a fever, and it also showed this young girl's frustration over how protective her father is over her. Also, Mary Anne deals with her shyness, and ends up being able to meet someone new ...more
Jun 07, 2007 jacky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about 20-25 of these books. I read them in fifth and sixth grade. I strongly remember wanting to read these because they seemed cool and my older sister read a few of them. I remember that our library had a little display of them and I also bought a lot of them through the book catalogs we got at school. I remember most strongly the set up of the books; each book started explaining the club and describing each of the members. I also strongly remember the covers.

Mary Ann was my favorite. S
Nov 07, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-children
Reading in chronological order (with the exception of The Kids in Mrs Colman's Class series).

An extra star for nostalgia. Loved this series as a kid and re-reading it is giving me all the warm and fuzzies.
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The Baby-Sitters Club (1 - 10 of 132 books)
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