The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier (The Baby-Sitters Club, #114)
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The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier (The Baby-Sitters Club #114)

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During a Christmas shopping spree, Mary Anne racks up a large debt on her father's credit card. Baby-sitting won't cover the charges so she takes a secret job as a department store elf to pay her father back. 160 pp. Ages 8-12. Pub: 12/97.
Paperback, 118 pages
Published December 28th 1997 by Apple (first published December 1997)
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Laura Hughes
Mary Anne gets into crippling credit card debt.

Richard lends Mary Anne his credit card to do her Christmas shopping, and Mary Anne goes a little crazy getting everyone the perfect gifts (such as a cookbook with “great art and amusing stories about vegetables” for Sharon). She’s not worried until Richard reminds her he expects her to pay back for everything she bought as soon as the bill comes in, and explains about interest (apparently if Mary Anne doesn’t pay him back on time, he’ll just REFUSE...more
this may be one of my all-time least favorite babysitters club books. richard gives mary anne access to his credit card so she can purchase her xmas gifts for her friends & family. she will, of course, be responsible for paying back whatever she charges. because she is paying with plastic, her perception of what she is spending is skewed & she goes overboard with the giving. for example, she buys a breadmaker for sharon, as well as a fancy, expensive vegetarian cookbook. she finds some c...more
I liked this, somehow, so 3 stars from now + 1 from childhood. It feels like too much (I would go with a balanced 3 overall), but thems the rules.

A few thoughts though:
1) Richard could pay the bill immediately and Mary Anne could still reimburse him later. Like, does he have NO savings? As if. It strikes me as highly unlikely that Richard would be willing to incur interest for the sake of teaching a lesson. Paying it off and then charging HER interest, maybe. I get wanting to hold her responsib...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...more
In which MA discovers credit cards are bad, mmmkay? and gets a side job as an elf. Boring, but one of the better late-series MA books.
This whole series is great for girls between 11-15 years old. I read every last one of them as I was growing up.
Amy Holcomb
The Baby-sitters Club series was my favorite growing up! :)
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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...more
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