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Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake

(The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #8)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  925 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Kristy's stepfather has invited the whole family and the baby-sitters for a vacation at his family's cabin on beautiful Shadow Lake. Campfires, ghost stories, romance--the baby-sitters will never forget their adventures this summer. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
this is my first time reading this book!

watson brewer's aunt and uncle are toying with the prospect of leaving him their lakeside cabin in their will. shadow lake is a fictional small towny place in western mass complete with a creepy island in the center of the lake. watson decides to go on a trip to shadow lake to determine whether he wants to accept the cabin, and he agrees to his kids & stepkids bring their friends, so in addition to all the thomas-brewers, present are all the bsc members, n
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one wasn't bad. There wasn't too much "boy crazy" going on.
I did enjoy that this one focused a little on Watson and his childhood.

A good one to read during spring, when we are enjoying warmer weather and looking forward to making summer plans.

Logan Hughes
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: babysitters-club
Ugh, I read this several months ago, but I don’t want to re-read it for the rating. Super specials are uniformly subpar and boring, and this one is solidly middle of that pack. Okay, so Watson’s aunt offers to give him her lake cottage (what is this, Ontario? Muskoka? People have cottages?) since she can’t get out there much anymore and she doesn’t want to see it go to waste. Watson brings the family, including Kristy’s nine million friends, to the cottage for a test run, and Kristy has everyone ...more
Fiona Byrne
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great fun re-reading a childhood favourite while camping at Lake Lyell, near Lithgow
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, own, ebook, bsc, reread
It's funny that it's mentioned SO MANY TIMES that the fam wants Watson to accept his aunt's offer to leave this "cottage" to him in her will, and yet we never hear about it again. Scratch that, I forgot the Super Mystery they go there, which I am now super pumped to read and see Shadow Lake again. But still, inheriting the cottage was such a SUPER HUGE PLOT POINT that you'd expect the Thomas-Brewers to be spending every other book there. Also, WHY was this place able to sleep almost 30 people, w ...more
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristy and the whole gang are heading to Shadow Lake for two glorious weeks of vacation! Well…of course they will be in charge of Kristys younger siblings as well as some of their friends.

I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book (bummer that it wasn’t solved though). I enjoyed the all monster as well. I loved how each person wrote diary entries and had each of their own storylines through the book.

As always I got so much nostalgia and can’t wait to read the next one.
✨Jinglemarco✨ (Nursery rhymes enthusiast)*

Between 2 and 3 stars. Nice summer vacation novel, but not very memorable.
Once again the Baby-Sitters Club takes care of kids, mostly their younger siblings this time at Watson's potential summer house on the banks of Shadow Lake. The girls get mixed up in a boat parade and in a mysterious house on an island in the lake that burnt down and the might be haunted by ghosts. Meanwhile Kristy's older brother Sam likes Stacey but his methods of attracting her attention aren't perhaps the best; flicking soggy Cherios at a girl isn't a good way to get her to like you. Can eve ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty hilarious vacation, but I think the BSC left their sensitivity back in Stoneybrook.

My Favorite Book Outfits

pg. 11-12: pink tank top over a white tank top, neon pink and black bicycle shorts, 3 multicolored flop socks, and Day-Glo yellow sneakers (Claudia)

pg. 12: black leggings, long black starfish T-shirt, black flop socks, and high-tops (Stacey)

pg. 216: jean skirt, yellow tank top, flop socks, and high-tops (Jessi)
Read my recap at A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever:

PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge: A book with more than 20 letters in its title; A book published in the 20th Century; A book from a series with more than 20 books
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Wealthy Watson's wealthy aunt offers to leave him a cabin in her will, but only if he's willing to take on the responsibility of a second home, which he's not sure he's ready to do. He takes his family on a vacation to the cabin, which is part of a lake community called Shadow Lake, to decide what he wants to do. And of course, the rest of the BSC worm their way into the Brewer/Thomas family vacation by offering free baby sitting services, which Watson and Elizabeth take them up on. Why should t ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsc
It’s time for another Super Special, wahoo!! And I read this way back in November, so I don’t remember any of it haha. Okay this is another one where mega-millionaire Watson Brewer pays for the entire BSC to go on vacation. You know, I question his motives sometimes. At least this time it’s mostly free…his aunt is selling her lake home and wants to see if Watson wants it instead. Kristy talks him into going for a few weeks and of course, bringing along her friends to “baby-sit”.

The cabin on Shad
I used to really like this book as a kid, because I used to spend chunks of my summer at the lake. We didn't have a fancy cabin, just tent camping, but still. I could sort of see the charm of a place like that, since the lake also vastly appealed to me. I still like to go there, but just to swim or maybe boat. Camping is no longer my thing. In a cabin that sleeps 25 though, it just might become a thing I'd do again.

The BSC sure have some good luck. I mean what are the odds that this cabin would
Lianna Kendig
Another average camp story. Nothing special in this book, unfortunately. I’m sure the target audience (8-13) would enjoy the story though. The premise wasn’t completely unrealistic, but letting children stay the night alone on an island in sleeping bags?? Please.

As an aside: David Michael is very young to be a narrator in general, however, his chapters read the same as everyone else’s. (That is not a good thing.) All the characters have the same voice in the regular series too, which isn’t
watson receives a letter from a long-lost aunt & uncle who are apparently re-writing their will. they are wondering if watson is interested in the possibility of them leaving their lake house (on the shore of a lake in western mass) to him. they suggest that he bring his family to visit for a few weeks to see if he thinks he can handle the upkeep & responsibility. the brewer-thomas clan is all over this idea, & watson & elizabeth agree to allow the kids to bring friends. david michael invites ni ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, the BSC and Kristy's family are in Massachusetts. The member of the BSC spend a night on an island in the middle of the lake. They also participate in a boat parade. Everyone in the group goes to a dance on the last night. Stacey and Sam begin a romantic relationship, which was cute. Dawn tries to solve a mystery. Jessi gives a boy dance lessons. Claudia, Kristy, Mary Anne, and Mallory takes turns baby-sitting the eight children under eight years old. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored the super specials when I was a kid, and I love how they show each of the girls to be smart and capable of thinking for themselves. There were over 200 of these books written besides the regular books, super specials, etc, so you do have to suspend disbelief that all of their adventures happened in about 1.5 years lol! The super specials especially read almost like fan fiction rather than continuing a story line from previous books.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, Kristys stepfathers aunt and uncle write to him to let him know that they plan to leave the family cabin to him in their will. So obviously the babysitters club as well as kristys brothers and sisters decide to take a trip for 2 weeks. Everyone loved the cabin and lake.
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another Super Special that mostly re-tread material from other Super Specials. Although, I did like the addition of Emily Michelle and Andrew this time around. It's a little sad though that I was enjoying Mallory's books a lot until she's suddenly become a pest in the past few (although I feel her about being a magnet for bugs). ...more
Jill Arabe
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Has cute mini adventures of all the babysitters and their family. It would have been more interesting had Dawn's mystery been resolved somehow. I enjoy catching up on youthful books I missed out on growing up.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I reread this with my eleven year old and really enjoyed experiencing it a second time. A lot of stuff I'd honestly forgotten. I love super specials because you get to see the same experience through multiple eyes, including some of the younger kids this time. ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars, childrens
Really fun, nostalgic summer read.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Debs :-)
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four stars for nostalgia’s sake, obviously.
Samantha Ania
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
NGL, this one was pretty boring.
Fun fun

Not my favorite Babysitters’ Club Super Special but definitely still a totally enjoyable read! I like how all the different perspectives are used!
Mary Fran Torpey
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
4th star is for nostalgia, it’s actually a 3 star book😂
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Kristy got a little overbearing.
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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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