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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, 10 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jun 17, 2016 Shira rated it it was ok
this is my first time reading this book!

in this afterschool special on top of afterschool special book by ghostwriter Suzanne Weyn jessi starts volunteering for a free ballet class for "underprivileged" kids. in the class she notices that one of the other volunteers/one of the girls in her regular ballet class is not eating much, is losing weight, and keeps getting sick/fainting. anorexia, race & other minority statuses, and what "underprivileged" means are all addressed in kind of idiotic w
Dec 07, 2010 Ciara rated it it was ok
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
Apr 07, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it it was ok
Shelves: babysitters-club
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
Jun 14, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Can't have a ballet dancer without an anorexia subplot! That aside, I liked the focus on J's ballet school in this one, as well as the comments about race (Jessi's dad not driving through yellow lights included).
Jun 02, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it
I was kinda sad! But it was mostly good.
May 01, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
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
Katie Loucks
Jan 30, 2016 Katie Loucks rated it really liked it
great book
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 Elmvang
Jessi's books tend to be my favourites - especially the one about her dancing.
Oct 19, 2010 Susan marked it as to-read
Excellent mystery, suspense, with a healthy helping of history
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