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The Truth About Stacey

(The Baby-Sitters Club #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  8,767 ratings  ·  264 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
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
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, & ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 an
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.
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!
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.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the more realistic plot lines. Thoroughly enjoyable as an escape.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truth about Stacey is she has diabetes! and a severe case, too, just to make things worse! I like this book because I liked learning about diabetes and how hard it is for Stacey. This book was really good! five 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 poor,
And what, might you ask, is the truth about Stacey? Well, I wouldn't want to give it away...but...
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 ne
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.
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...
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)
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.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Rated by my daughter***
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!
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Im having so much fun with these!!!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this as a kid and remember thinking that what Stacey had must be so shameful and terrible - another reviewer nailed it when they said it was like Stacey had an STI. Then when it was revealed, I thought, "that's it?? That's so not a big deal." I feel like this book was supposed to normalize diabetes since we get to hear more about how Stacey feels. But it missed the mark a bit. She's still weird about it - embarrassed about doing insulin shots (you stay ALIVE). I know that everyt ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great way to start the month of April.
Who doesn’t love the BSC gang? Just when I think it can’t get any better .....insert KID-KITS! I feel like every girl in my grade 6 class had her own version of the kid-kit.....if I’m being honest, I miss mine( a lot).
That could be embarrassing for a 40+ year old lady to admit but here we are(and I’m not red-faced).
I loved this series as a young gal and still do as slightly older (maybe wiser) adult.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So amazing
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is really good. I have read 1-6 of the Baby-Sitters Club books. They are all really good. I have the 7th but I haven't read it yet.
Hailey H
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked this book because it is exciting, but it is the third book there are 2 more before this that you should read before you read this book. Also the characters are cute and funny.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle fingers up to The Babysitters Agency.

I just love these books so much.

Nostalgia. Nostalgia. Nostalgia.
Colleen's Conclusions
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked The Truth about Stacey because it is more realistic than most of the books in general.

This book is one of the reasons why I am rereading the series. The Baby Sitter's Club books brings awareness to certain topics throughout the series and in this book it deals with Stacey's diabetes. There aren't too many books that talk about diabetes in the young adult fiction genre.

There's also a was going on between the BSC members and the Baby Sitters Agency. That deals with responsibility and con
M.J. Prest
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Truth About Stacey is where the BSC really hits its stride. Three books in, you already have a sense of which character you identify with most, and as a lifelong Stacey McGill, I eagerly awaited her first turn as narrator.

The hand-painted original cover art depicts a nearly 30-year-old Stacey in a candy shop, looking forlornly diabetic. While she does spend a good chunk of (boring) text going over the specifics of her disease, do not let the cover or title fool you -- juvenile di
Lesli Diaz
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4/5 because I really enjoyed this book because it was kind of similar to smile and sisters. I would recommend this book to my friends because it is about friendship and sticking together. This book has lots of things that you could actually do in real life like begin a job with your friends to win money like the girls in the book did , they started a baby sitters club and they took care of kids. Also in the book when you are reading there is a conflict with another group of ba ...more
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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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“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.” 2 likes
“Mom opened her mouth to say something, then closed it, hesitating. After a few more silent seconds, she said, “Just so you’re prepared, dear—” I cringed. Whatever was coming didn’t sound good. “—I want you to know that you’re going to be scheduled for a series of tests with a new doctor in New York at the beginning of December.” I groaned. “He’s someone Uncle Eric heard about on a television program.” “We’re going to a doctor because Uncle Eric saw him on TV?” I exclaimed. “Honey, supposedly he’s working miracles with diabetes. After Uncle Eric saw him, I found two articles about him in medical journals, and then Profiles magazine did a long interview with him. It was very impressive. He’s getting a lot of attention right now.” “Did Dr. Werner say we should go see him?” “No.” “Dr. Frank?” “No.” “Have you even discussed this with them?” “No.” 0 likes
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