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Stacey's Choice (The Baby-Sitters Club #58)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,005 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Since Stacey's parents got divorced it hasn't been easy. Stacey hates being put in the middle of them. And even though she gets to see her dad often, Stacey misses him. Sometimes she wishes she were just a regular kid with a regular family. But now both of her parents are depending on her. They each need her--badly. And she can't be in two places at once. How will she ever ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Scholastic (first published 1992)
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Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
the book opens with stacey & mallory babysitting for the pike kids. they have magazines & comic books spread out everywhere, & they are ordering the cheap crap from the back pages--stuff like stamp moisteners & necktie-knotters. but it's keeping them entertained & out of trouble, so stacey & mallory don't think much of it.

back home, stacey notices that her mom seems a little pale & tired. stacey assumes it's because mrs. mcgill has been so busy lately doing temp work
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
this is my first time reading this book!

stacey's mom gets pneumonia and stacey thinks it's her job to take care of her (staying home from school, then enlisting the help of the neighbors to babysit her). meanwhile her dad gets a promotion and asks stacey to be a date to a party in his honor, but stacey is scared to leave her mom. she goes to nyc but spends the whole time thinking about her mom and has to leave the party early. her parents basically tell her to be a kid sometimes, and it's resolv
Allison Floyd
Either this wasn't Ms. Martin's finest moment, or this little nostalgia kick is coming to a blessed close. It started out promising enough; I especially loved the BSC's visit to the punk store at the mall to secure an outfit for Stacey's dad's dinner. The mail-order subplot among the BSC charges also had its amusing moments (and I say this as someone who tends to want to skip over the babysitting parts and get back to the fashion and boys). But all the escalating tension surrounding the central ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
In a reverse of many Stacey books, Stacey's mother gets sick and has to be cared for. Stacey takes on her mother's care, while she tries to figure out a plan for visiting her father in NYC to help him celebrate a big promotion. She is annoyed (again) about feeling caught between her parents.

Things I remember from reading this as a kid:
I don't remember this book very well. The only thing I remember is that Stacey overbooked her mother's caretakers and a bunch of them show up at once.

I seem to rem
Maria Elmvang
Since when does a kid feel that much responsibility about a sick mother, that she doesn't even feel it sufficient that friends of the mother take care of her, but wants to skip school to do it herself? Stacey makes a lot of bad choices in this book which more or less feels like the flip side of "Stacey's Emergency".
I very distinctly remember the first time I read this book as a kid, and how much it made me dislike Stacey's father. I never cared about him one way or another until after the McGill divorce. After that I remember thinking that he was a bit of a jerk. Not all the time, I didn't hate him in the NYC SS so much, but yeah. He was just this work alcoholic sort of jerk of a guy, and I always thought in this one that he was pretty unfair. Stacey was clearly worried about her sick mother, and he was mo ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsc
Not too bad. Stacey's choice was kinda pathetic, even by BSC standards. I'd like to see a 'Divorce Handbook for Kids' written by Kristy, Stacey and Dawn.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bsc
This is such a classic BSC cover. Their outfits are a little understated for their personalities, but it's still quintessential BSC. And that is the best thing I'll say about this book, unfortunately. I've hit a string of duds lately. But they're also not as well-known to me, which is kind of nice.

The story opens with Stacey and Mallory walking home from school and enjoying the crisp autumn air. I am so ready for fall and Halloween, it is not even funny! I've been stockpiling Halloween decoratio
Tiffany Spencer
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Stacey's Choice
PLOT: Stacey's mom comes down with pneumonia and faints during an interview. Stacey comes up with the good idea of having the mothers of her friends and her charges come over and check on her when she's in school. But she's torn down the middle when her Dad invites her to a celebration being thrown in his honor in New York when he gets promoted to the VP of his company. And in the B plot the kid's start ordering junk out of magazines, discover it's junk, and then try to unload it
Logan Hughes
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: babysitters-club
Stacey’s mother comes down with pneumonia just before Stacey is supposed to go to New York to be her father’s date to a company banquet honoring his promotion to vice president, causing Stacey to debate which parent needs her more. In the end, she attends the banquet but steps out to call her mom several times and insists on leaving early to catch a train, so that neither parent is satisfied. In a surprisingly subtly related choice-over-compromise, you-can’t-have-it-all kid storyline, the Pike y ...more
Lisa Birch
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The adults in this book are awful.

Stoneybrook Hospital should have kept Mrs McGill in, at least for a night or two. A thirteen year old is not a reliable carer, especially seeing as Stacey had to wake her mom up twice during the night to give her medication. What the?!

Mr Magill is awful. He treats Stacey as his date, and makes her come to his celebration dinner against her will. Rather than being sympathetic about her mom being ill, he gets a nursing service that starts the day after Stacey le
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book does a good job portraying the life of a divorced child. Stacey is constantly put in between her parents. They're divorced. She chose to live with her mom, but she visits her dad often. When her mother ends up sick on the weekend she's got awesome plans with her father she has to choose between them. Take care of her mother or spend time with her father whom she doesn't live with? What should she do? I think she makes the right decision in the end and it shows that she loves th ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
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
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, bsc, 2010
Sooo I must admit that I'm a sucker for the blonde books. I know, I know...

I love the little bit in this book where Stacey and Dawn bond over being kids of divorces that aren't entirely amicable and involve quite a bit of traveling. It's little moments like this that make me continue to love this series many, many years later.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
For some inexplicable reason, I've always loved this book. I have no idea why, but re-reading it now still made me smile.

Oh, and even as an adult I have no idea what Stacey's dad meant by "I swan."
Sarah B

Stacey's mom has got it going on. How do we know? Because Mary Anne's mother rose from the dead just to take care of her!
Amy Holcomb
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Baby-sitters Club series was my favorite growing up! :)
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Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.It's realistic and touching.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, bsc
EPIC YAWN. This one was really kind of bottom of the barrel.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rereading
In which Stacey's mom has got it going on. "It" being pneumonia.
you must read it
I wish Stacey would make up her mind already. First she's with her mom. Then her dad. Then she's in New York City. Then she returns to Stoneybrooke. Who cares?
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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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