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Jessi and the Awful Secret (The Baby-Sitters Club #61)

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Jessi discovers that one of the girls in her dance class is anorexic. A sensitive look at a common problem among teenage girls.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Scholastic (first published February 1993)
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i feel like there are 76 different plotlines in this book. we open with jessi at ballet class. at the end of class, mme noelle tells everyone that the ballet school is going to be hosting a children's beginning ballet class for local under-privileged youth, & she asks for volunteers that might want to work with the kids. jessi volunteers right away & is surprised that more of her classmates are not chomping at the bit to spend their regularly scheduled dance class time (for which they pa ...more
I generally liked the Jessi books, and this one teamed up a couple of my other interests - ballet and eating disorders... yes, I was a weird child, okay? But I kind of liked reading about girls with eating disorders. Maybe looking for tips? I don't know, but looking back, probably.
Laura Hughes
Jessi is happy to get to know ballet classmate Mary Bramstedt better when they work together as TAs on a short-term ballet class for underprivileged elementary school kids. But she’s concerned when she noticed Mary making derogatory comments about her body, refusing food on a TA outing, and seeming weak, ill, and distracted in class. The BSC researches eating disorders and armchair-diagnoses Mary with anorexia (although that didn’t work out too well the last time). Jessi reaches out to Mary, but ...more
Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems.

I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens.

The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant.

Awesome books that girls will love! And the
Jessi stars in another Very Special Episode, this time about an anorexic girl in her ballet class... I was wondering when this cliche would appear!
Maria M. Elmvang
Jessi's books tend to be my favourites - especially the one about her dancing.
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Excellent mystery, suspense, with a healthy helping of history
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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