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The Fire at Mary Anne's House

(The Baby-Sitters Club #131)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  493 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When Mary Anne is woken up in the middle of the night by her cat, Tigger, she immediately knows something's wrong. Then she smells the smoke. . .and hears her father yelling her name. Mary Anne's house is on fire--and she makes it out right before everything burns down.

Now Mary Anne doesn't know what to do. All of her possessions are. . .gone. Her house is. . .destro..
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Scholastic
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Gretchen
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
It's been fun to dive into a couple of BSC books again. I devoured these books when I was a kid. The Fire at Mary Anne's House is the final installment in the original BSC series. It was published in 1999. I was a freshman in college at this point, so I had never read this one.

The book begins with Mary Anne and the rest of the BSC just out of school for the summer. The first thing I wondered was, "Oh my goodness, did the BSC finally finish the 8th grade?" The summer starts off uneventfull
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Robin
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Ciara
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
mary anne is flipping through a magazine with the clever name "teenzine". an ad for a contest catches her eye. "teenzine" is looking for the world's greatest babysitters. applicants must write an essay about why they like to babysit, they have to solicit testimonials from some of their charges, & they have to include a history of their babysitting careers. mary anne thinks someone from the babysitters club is a shoo-in to win the contest, so she brings the magazine to the babysitters club me ...more
M.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The last of the original BSC books is something of a tearjerker. I admire the move to leave things open-ended w/r/t the fate of the club and Mary Anne's family (will they move to Philadelphia or stay in Stoneybrook? a question left tantalizingly unanswered). But to leave the B-plot open too -- do they collectively win Teenzine's Baby-Sitter of the Year contest? -- whoa. Bold. Or maybe we know the answer without it being given to us, bc obviously they win. But here's the most burning question: Wh ...more
Logan Hughes
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: babysitters-club
Finally, I have read the last book in the mainline Baby-sitters Club series. I know (and the writers/producers/marketers knew) that the series will continue in the form of the Friends Forever series, but still, this book should offer some closure, right?
It does and it doesn’t. But hold on. We must savor this experience. Let us take a moment to consider the cover. I normally don’t talk about the cover art up front, but this is the most amazing/insane cover of any Baby-sitters Club book. The
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Hezekiah
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was way more intense than I remembered. Mary Anne's reaction to the trauma of the fire felt so real: the nightmares, the derealization, the emotional numbing. The action sequence of escaping from the burning house was extremely well done. The research for this book was well done.
Martine
Last in the series. Sniff.
Gouthami Sajjanagandla
I was/am a fan of the BSC series growing up and I have always wanted to read/own every single one of the books for myself and for my future children. But alas I was not impressed with this book. This is the veryyy last book in the orginal series and I was expecting so much more from it. I was expecting a lot more heartfelt moments, a ending that nicely summarizes how they all began. I wasnt thrilled that it was only Dawn and Maryann at the end, I was expecting of a whole group gathering that aff ...more
Samantha
I haven't been reading the books in total perfect order, and my crappy mood today made me want to read something devastating. Congrats, Mary Anne! You won because your house burned down and you lost everything!

It felt like such a weird, cliff-hanger ending to the regular series. I know that this book leads into the Friends Forever books which are the REAL ending to the series, but still. I was almost sorry I went ahead and read it, because it felt like the real ending of something wh
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Jennie
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bought this book from Thriftbooks because I've always been a big fan of BSC. My thoughts? Very. very heartwrenching. My eyes were tearing up at the all to real graphic description of Mary Anne's house burning down.
I was relieved that Tigger got out safely because sometimes the pets don't make it out alive. What I loved best about this book is how Mary Anne's friends, family and neighbors all tried to help her to deal with almost everything gone. I just wish the author didn't leave a cliffh
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Amanda
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge me for revisiting this series I stopped reading around 7th grade. I wanted to read the final book so I could listen along to one of my favorite podcasts - The Baby-sitters Club Club.
Kristin Bateman
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I grew up reading Baby Sitters Club...in fact this was the series that taught me to learn how to love how to read.

I quit the series around book 50, but I always needed to know how it ended.
Jason Pettus
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
(I now maintain a blog just for my kid-lit reviews. Find it at http://kidlit4adults.blogspot.com .)

A friend has convinced me to try my hand this year for the first time at writing children's literature; but I don't actually know anything about children's literature, so am starting the process among other ways by first reading a stack of existing books that have been recommended to me. Today's selections are my first foray into the world of "The Baby-Sitters Club," which during the 1990s and '00s became one of the mo
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Marna
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best
I realized that my book count so far this year is abysmal. But maybe that's because I've been reading a lot of these I never got around to (because by the time I discovered them I was already almost too old and could not be seen buying them - also, I just didn't have a lot of money). So, it's kind of a secret project of deep shame because of stress and other factors that make me just not want to read anything difficult or scary. I actually read the other 'last book' in this series before this on ...more
Rea K
Aug 26, 2015 added it
There. There were 131 of these things. I'm not ashamed to say that my youthful self owned a good portion of them (not to mention there were scads of super-specials and mysteries and stuff) because when I was a child, I read like a child. I always wanted a baby sitter club of my own (not that there were any children in the neighborhood that I was entrusted to watch). I grew to have read so many that I didn't need the excessive "this is everyone and why we started" and that was probably a large po ...more
Dawn
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
My friend, who is also in love with the BSC loaned me The Fire at Mary Anne's House, the last real BSC book (for some reason, Martin decided to change the series to "Friends Forever", even though it appears all the same characters populate them). I had never read this far into the BSC books, I outgrew them around book #80 or so. This book was still good, I teared up when Mary Anne was going through the aftermath of her house burning down, but it didn't quite have the same magic as the earlier bo ...more
April
May 01, 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
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Rachel Brand
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, children, kindle
To be honest, as the final book in the series, this was a bit of a let-down. It didn't seem fair to see the series end this way, but I guess that's because the publisher wanted to hook us into reading the spin-off series about the original characters. The book on its own dealt with the topic of the house fire very well, and the sub-plot about writing an essay on babysitting for a competition was pretty touching, but considering this was the last ever "real" BSC book, I feel a bit let down. Not s ...more
Kerri
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Holcomb
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Baby-sitters Club series was my favorite growing up! :)
Greg Garman
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome

This book is awesome and funny and so good that it is hard to example but the author took to much time an all those books that it was better from DJ
Nancy
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rereading
In which we reach the end of the BSCult series and MA's house burns down. The book itself is full of cheese and a crappy way to end things, but, meh. What else can we expect?
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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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