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Jessi and the Superbrat

(The Baby-Sitters Club #27)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,662 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Stoneybrook has gone star-crazy! Derek Masters, an eight-year-old regular on a hit TV sitcom, has moved to town. Everyone's wondering what a real-live TV star will be like-will he drive to school in a limo?
Jessi can't believe it, but even stars need baby-sitters,and she's the lucky club member to watch Derek Masters. Even though a lot of kids at school call Derek a spoiled
Paperback, 135 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Apple (first published January 1st 1989)
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Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
this is my first time reading this book!

in this ghost-written (by Jan Carr) book jessi (and other club members, to a lesser extent) starts baby-sitting derek masters, a tv star who is back in his hometown stonybrook while his show is not taping. the kids at his school are horrible jerks to him, because they think he is going to be a superbrat, but then they're the superbrats. but then he's the superbrat. or something. meanwhile, jessi auditions for a professional production of swan lake and does
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, bsc, ebook, own, reread
This was kind of one of those "filler" BSC books, that don't add much to the overarching story, but are still fun to read. And it introduces a new, semi-regular baby-sitting charge: TV star Derek Masters. I really liked the addition of celeb life to Stoneybrook. (I can't wait til we see him again, or maybe I'm just excited thinking about California Girls! )

I liked Jessi's subplot about auditioning for Swan Lake. (And am glad that she didn't get the lead lmao.) Though I could have done without h
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
jessi's little sister is obsessed with a TV show called "p.s. 163". in fact, a bunch of kids in stoneybrook watch it. jessi is surprised to learn that the kid who plays waldo, the science nerd, is originally from stoneybrook. she intends to bring it up at the next BSC meeting, but is even more surprised when the kid's mom calls to say they are back in town while the show is on break & she needs a sitter. jessi is the only one available to take the job, so she has a chance to meet derek maste ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I remember thinking, even as a kid, that it was awfully convenient that suddenly a television show is in everyone's consciousness just in time for one of its stars to end up moving to Stoneybrook and needing a sitter. Jessi gets the job, and as a ballet dancer, she's also sort of into show business, so she starts kinda using her babysitting charge to get information about how she might become a model or an actress or something, since she keeps getting really stressed out about ballet. Anyway, th ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rereading
In which Jessi is a douchenozzle. STFU, Jessi.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Jessi can be dull sometimes..
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Jessi looks like a young Michael Jackson on this cover.
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell

I used to be such a big fan of the Baby-sitters Club books as a young girl. However, the books featuring Jessi were never really appealing to me and I could never understand why. As an adult and after all of my multicultural literature classes, I think I’ve finally realized why. Although Ann M. Martin tried to add some diversity into her books with Claudia and Jessi, she didn’t have the knowledge or understanding of the cultural aspects that w
So many of Jessi's book were unfortunately super dull. This was no exception. It of course had a convoluted plot about a kid who is a star on a hit tv show being from Stoneybrook. He comes home during a break on the show and enrolls back in school and tries to live normally. It really made no sense, but hey, few things in the BSC-verse do. Jessi is also trying out for a ballet, because most of her books center around this even though early on she had no interest in being a professional dancer.

Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jessi baby sits for a child actor who stars in a hit TV show in this book, Derek Masters, who will be a recurring character for the rest of this series. Jessi is so stressed out over an important ballet audition that she considers (and is goaded on by Derek) taking up acting, since it must be so much less pressure, and so much less work. ("I mean, all you have to do is stand there and smile, right?") In the meantime, Derek has a lot of trouble adjusting to life in public elementary school. I bou ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
You would expect that in this book, the kid Jessi has to babysit turns out to be a huge, awful brat to her, right? (hence the title) However, this book offers a bit of a refreshing - and realistic - look on what it is like to be in such close proximity to a star and what that can do to a "normal" person.
Samantha McNulty
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok

Again, another lack lustre installment of the BSC.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have issues with the fact that Mary Ann “forgot” to log a job due to excitement. That is all.
Logan Hughes
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: babysitters-club
Jessi sits for a perfectly nice famous child.

Jessi is excited to learn that a TV star--famous for a supporting role as a geeky kid on a school show which seems somewhat like Boy Meets World--hails from Stoneybrook, and is even more excited when he comes to town during the hiatus. Derek Masters is a nice, normal-seeming kid, and Jessi tries to be cool around him and to give as much attention to his little brother Todd. She’s sympathetic when Derek tells stories about a boy named John who gives hi
Edward Creter
Now this I don't get: Jessi of the BSC is 11-years-old and a ballet dancer with incredibly long legs. This I find disturbing on so many levels. It's too young for that kind of sexy. Think about it: Certain guys behind the scenes of the dancing world may look at a girl like Jessi and think not "beautiful dancer" or even "great at telling a story thru dance" BUT "wow! What a HOT 11-year-old!" This I find tragic 'cos no kids should go thru that kinda torture. (I give to you for your consideration B ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
A child star and his family move to town, and Jessi is elected to sit for him. She learns about some of his problems being a famous person, and starts wondering whether acting might be the direction she should take her performing arts in (since she's starting to get a bit stressed out by ballet). When the child gets picked on in school, Jessi wants to help, but is there more to the story of who started it?

If Claudia is the BSC member who's always wondering if she needs to quit the club to save h
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not bad. I like the focus on Jessi being nervous about Swan Lake auditions and then she cares for a child actor. It's also nice to see how the BSC works through problems that children have. But the book makes it seem somewhat normal for this to happen. I have to wonder what was going on back then, because I've read at least one other book where a child actor came to a small normal town to avoid publicity or whatever. The plot is rather cliched. But the whole theme of going after your dreams and ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
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
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, bsc, readit
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Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These were my favorites, along with the Sweet Valley books in 5th-6th grade. I think my group of friends and I would take turns reading them and discussing. It was like our first book club! I remember writing to Ann M. Martin as a child and she wrote back (or at least someone did for her). It was one of the happiest days of my life. :)
Lauren Lomeli
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I decided to have a 3rd grade flashback and read one of these books. I used to love them when I was little. Now that I'm older, Stoneybrook seems too good to be true. Also, who would let an 11 year-old girl watch an 8 year-old boy on a movie set? I would have someone be in charge of her instead. But it felt good to re-read this and meet the characters all over again.
Mary Alex
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bsc
I keep waiting for a really good Jessi book and it just hasn't happened yet. There's another new kid in town or rather, back in the rest here!
Apr 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: bsc, childrens
Not a terrible one. A child star moves back to Stoneybrook and just wants to be treated normally; a nice change from him turning out to be a demanding little twerp.
Lindiwe Kounga
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Noelia Davis
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book with my daughter. It's great for reading out loud. It is humorous and has a great message.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i cant believe that kid--forgot his name, Dereck? would be SUCH A JERK!!!!!!!!
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Reread for #BSC #bookaday
Maria Elmvang
Jessi! And ballet! And acting! And a new, sweet kid! Oh my!
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