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The Truth About Stacey

(The Baby-Sitters Club #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  9,916 ratings  ·  369 reviews
The truth about Stacey is that she has diabetes. Nobody knows... except her friends in the Baby-sitters Club.

But even they don't know the real truth about Stacey. Stacey's problem is her parents. They won't admit she has the disease, and they drag her to practically every doctor in America!

Seeing so many doctors made Stacey lose one friend, and she won't let it happen agai
Paperback, 167 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Scholastic Inc. (first published October 28th 1986)
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Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
stacey's all growed up!!

but she's still incredibly fashionable!
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
My all time favourite series as a young girl! I looked forward to Book Club day (Ashton Scholastic) with anticipation and my $5.95 in an envelope. When I missed one my mum and I would go to Grace Brothers Parramatta where I could buy a copy. I was in year 5 at public school, the books came out monthly and I discovered them when no. 2 came out, so I wasn't too late and didn't miss a book. It was a monthly publication and I always looked forward to the next. I purchased them until I was 'too old', ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third book of The Babysitters Club series, it's finally Stacey's turn to take the lead. In this installment we learn more about Stacey's diabetes, her relationship with her parents and their overprotective attitude towards her illness, and also some drama goes down between the girls and a rival club.

Stacey was always my favourite club member. To 12 year old me she was super cool and trendy (she wears a dinosaur pin in her beret! And red fingerless gloves!) while also being smart. I always
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Welcome to the book that made me think being diagnosed with diabetes was one of the scariest things that could happen to me as a kid. It’s talked about as if it’s a shameful secret for both Stacey and her parents, giving yourself insulin injections is labelled “gross” and there are multiple references to how Stacey could die if she doesn’t manage her diabetes. No wonder I was scared.

We’ve already read Kristy and Claudia’s first BSC books. Now it’s Stacey’s turn. Stacey was the babysitter who mad
the truth about stacey is that she has childhood-onset diabetes. big fucking deal. i mean, i'm sure it sucks for her, having to watch her diet & everything. my dad had diabetes & it was no picnic for him (though he did not have to give himself insulin shots). but the way they build up to it, you'd think she was typhoid mary or something. the way these books were written, i got the idea that diabetes was an STI when i was a kid (cut me some slack, i was seven years old, it was 1986, & we were sur ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Re-read of 2018

Stacey was the "big city" gal of the Babysitters Club and I loved her stories so much! Her coming on to the scene meant that Claudia had a best friend. It is now November and Stacey is loving her time with the Baby-Sitters Club. However, she is wishing that her parents were not so obsessed with her diabetes and the BSC is dealing with a rival babysitting agency. It's all out war! It was interesting to see that Stacey was more aligned with Kristy in this issue and Claudia and Mar
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I blame Paperback Crush for this foray into my childhood. The rereads of my beloved Babysitters Club did not disappoint. What a joy it was to be reunited with my favorites from this beloved series that marked my childhood.
When I was a child, I loved the Babysitters Club books. I devoured them. I read those, along with the Super Specials, Mysteries, Little Sister books, etc. In fact, I still have all of them to this day in paperback. They were such a big part of my love of reading, I could not part with them. So now that they have come out on Audiobook, I had to check them out. As it turns out, I am not too old to enjoy The Baby-sitters Club. It kind of feels like going home again.

The Truth About Stacey is book 3
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stacey's Worst Friend, or, You Better Dia-BEAT Her Ass

Stacey and I have two things in common. 1) We both have had diseases we are embarrassed by. Hers is diabetes. Like boo-hoo, woman. Call me when Kevin Whats-His-Butt gives you scabies in grad school but you keep dating him anyway because he's ugly-hot and smells good even though he's poor and can't afford his medication, but then he leaves you to drop out of school and move back home because again: poor, and you realize "Oh, you're legit p
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: feminist rulers and horse girls
BSC was instrumental in bringing to the forefront those hard-hitting issues weighing on every upper-middle class goody-two-shoe New England girl. Here, we learn about the horrible secret Stacey (the pretty/popular girl) has been hiding. I won't spill the beans, but she can't eat sugar!! I know, I almost fainted, too. But with the BSC, you know we'll all make it through! ...more
Cait S
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book in a series of great books. Much more female empowered than the last one which I had to rant about so that's awesome. ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this the best of the series so far. The storyline focused on Stacey and the storyline focused on the club were both interesting and worked well together. It was very satisfying for me when (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again excellent narration by Elle Fanning, I wish they would just give her the gig of doing all the books 😂 I noticed that while the book hasn’t been given the updated make-over of the new Netflix show, a reference to a certain TV show popular in the 80’s has been removed.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the more realistic plot lines. Thoroughly enjoyable as an escape.
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
And what, might you ask, is the truth about Stacey? Well, I wouldn't want to give it away...but... ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Poor Stacey! I wouldn't like to have diabetes. But luckily she has her friends to help her. ...more
Logan Hughes
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babysitters-club
Stacey is threatened by a rival baby-sitting club and a new diabetes doctor.

There are two main conflicts in this book. One is the new baby-sitting club. Eighth-graders Liz Lewis and Michelle Patterson have started their own business, the Baby-sitters Agency, with several key advantages over the BSC. They boast older sitters with later curfews, including boys (OMG), and they don’t restrict the clients to specific meeting times--parents can call anytime. The club isn’t sure how to handle this new
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uh Oh! Looks like there is new competition in Stoney Brook! What happens when a new babysitter club forms? AND all these babysitters are older. The girls start losing jobs and don’t know what to do. Can they regain control and beat out this new competition? On a side note: I loved how much information is shared about diabetes in the book.
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
3 Stars

I think my favorite part of this story was the BSC dealing with the Baby Sitters Agency. I appreciated how Stacey's parents kept searching for something better to deal with her diabetes, but now reading it as an adult I can't help thinking how much money that probably cost :)
The binge continues...
Before I get to my actual review, a quick disclaimer: Ever since I learned that Netflix was reimagining one of my favorite childhood book series, I had decided that I would be embarking on a re-read of this series, reliving a series of books that helped to shape me into a voracious reader. I am so excited to embark on this travel back in time. I don't expect to be mentally stimulated -- I mean, I'm not exactly a pre-teen middle-schooler these days -- but I make no apology for choosing to enjoy t ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
True story- this was the first BSC book I ever read. I get how and why it propelled me into a huge Baby-Sitters Club obsession, too. Upon rereading this book, it's really clear how Ann M. Martin never initially meant to go past book #4. Her writing style in the first four books is dramatically different from her contributions to the rest of the series. The reading level is a bit higher than future books, meaning that either the target audience was a bit higher than the actual audience, or that, ...more
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
My 7 year old daughter recommended this book to me--"mom, it's really good, you've gotta read it"--so I did. One of the joys of sharing books w/ your children--you get to talk about characters/situations together and they can become part of your family's "culture". (Although I'm not sure "Babysitter's Club" books will become part of our family culture--I was thinking more about Chronicles of Narnia, or Winnie the Pooh or James and the Giant Peach) ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Im having so much fun with these!!!
Erin Dunlevy
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great! Not only did it...

Great not only did it educated me about diabetes, but it Was a epic book!
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ya
Stacey is kind of the worst of the BSC. So judgmental.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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“At the beginning of my illness, hospital visits couldn’t be avoided. I needed tests, I had to have my diet and insulin regulated, and once I fainted at school and went into insulin shock and the ambulance came and took me to St. Luke’s. If one of my friends got that sick, I would have called her in the hospital and sent her cards and visited her when she went home. But not Laine. She seemed almost afraid of me (although she tried to cover up by acting cool and snooty). And my other friends did what Laine did, because she was the leader. Their leader. My leader. And we were her followers. The school year grew worse and worse. I fainted twice more at school, each time causing a big scene and getting lots of attention, and every week, it seemed, I missed at least one morning while Mom and Dad took me to some doctor or clinic or other. Laine called me a baby, a liar, a hypochondriac, and a bunch of other things that indicated she thought my parents and I were making a big deal over nothing. But if she really thought it was nothing, why wouldn’t she come over to my apartment anymore? Why wouldn’t she share sandwiches or go to the movies with me? And why did she move her desk away from mine in school? I was confused and unhappy and sick, and I didn’t have any friends left, thanks to Laine. I hated Laine.” 3 likes
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