Don't Give Up, Mallory (The Baby-Sitters Club, #108)
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Don't Give Up, Mallory (The Baby-Sitters Club #108)

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Mallory is delighted when the subject of the new Short Takes class turns out to be children's literature, but she is bitterly disappointed by the new young teacher, Mr. Cobb, who unintentionally favors the boys in the class, until Mallory decides to stand up for her rights.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Apple
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this book is so fucked up. but maybe that's why i liked it. it's rare that a babysitters club book actually makes me get angry along with the characters.

so mallory is excited because she is beginning a new short takes class about children's books. as we all know, mallory aspires to one day write & illustrate children's books, so this is right up her alley. her teacher is mr. cobb, a foxy new young dude who just graduated from princeton. i am pretty sure that they just recycled the model who...more
Laura Hughes
Mallory is thrilled to be taking a "Short Takes" class in children’s literature, her favorite topic, but to her surprise, the class quickly becomes her least favorite. The class is 100% in-class discussion and participation, and the teacher, a coach, doesn’t call on her, even though she raises her hand for most of the class. When she finally does get a chance to talk, he doesn’t give her time to think, and she sounds stupid. She theorizes that he is much more lenient with the boys. Meanwhile, sh...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
...again, I got really frustrated by, um, everyone. Although I did like that the sexist teacher both admitted his faults and started changing his ways. And the sub-plot where Mallory taught her friend that it was better to be herself instead of changing so boys would like her was nice. Mostly I think I shouldn't read 90s YA of this ilk while I'm cranky, though.
Kudos to Ann M. Martin for tackling sexism in schools, however I think the depiction was oversimplified and resolved a little too easily. It did do a good job of demonstrating that sexist people aren't always aggressive or obvious in their sexism, though.
In which Mel-ry has to deal with a teacher who favors boys, and we, the readers, learn about sexism and why it's wrong to dumb yourself down for boys. Not bad, actually. But Mal still sucks.
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.

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