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Baby-sitters Winter Vacation is the third book in the Baby-sitters Club Super Special series.

Back Cover Summary[]

Every year Stoneybrook Middle School (the whole school!) gets invited to Leicester Lodge in Vermont for a week of winter adventure!

This trip sure isn't like any other! A busload of little kids unexpectedly needs baby-sitters. Mary Anne uncovers a ghost in the lodge. Claudia and Stacey both fall in love with handsome French skiers. Kristy is helping her team win the Winter War...while California Dawn can barely stand up in her skates. And if it doesn't stop snowing, SMS may be snowbound until spring!

Summary[]

All of Stoneybrook Middle School takes an annual trip to Leicester Lodge in Hooksett Crossing, Vermont. This annual trip coincides with the school's Winter War. Other schools make the trip to Leicester Lodge in harrowing weather conditions. One such school is Conway Cove Elementary School from Maine. The bus carrying the Conway Cove students overturns near the lodge and injures their chaperones. The Baby-Sitters Club intercedes and takes care of the sixteen students. Logan is unable to make the trip because it coincides with a family trip to Aruba, so Mary Anne decides to create a diary/journal of their trip.

Chapter Narrators[]

Characters[]

BSC Members

Kids

  • Conway Elementary School kids: Priscilla "Pinky" Winkler, Bryce, Ginnie, Joey, Amber, Renee, Corey, Kara, Valerie, Frankie, Ian, Ryan, Kathie.
  • Jean and Marie - Guy's children

Teeangers and Pre-Teens[]

Adults

  • Unnamed bus drivers
  • Mr. and Mrs. George - Lodge owners
  • Mr. Dougherty and Miss Weber - teachers from Conway Elementary School
  • Guy - ski instructor that Claudia develops a crush on
  • Domitille - Guy's wife.

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Matilda (book)
  • Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy (tv shows)
  • The Shining (movie)
  • Scrabble, CandyLand, Memory, Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, Risk, Chutes and Ladders (games)
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • The Three Stooges
  • Harriet the Spy (book)
  • The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland
  • Singin in the Rain, Chains of Love, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Doe a Deer (songs)
  • Shakespeare
  • Swan Lake (ballet)

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

  • On page 9, Mary Anne narrates the time the BSC went to camp from Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation. This book is mentioned various times throughout the novel.
  • Jessi recalls dancing in Swan Lake and Coppelia which happened in Jessi and the Superbrat and Jessi's Secret Language respectively.
  • On page 86, Stacey recalls her crushes from Sea City, which happened in Boy-Crazy Stacey.
  • Mallory recalls her experience on the cruise trip from Baby-sitters on Board! on page 92.
  • On page 138 and 139 Jessi recalls that Kristy was nice to her when she first moved to Stoneybrook from Hello, Mallory.
  • Dawn mentions her mom's ex-boyfriend, Trip, on page 151.

Inconsistencies

Trivia[]

  • This book's working title was Baby-sitters Winter Carnival.
  • A reprint was released December 5, 2023.[1]
  • On the dedication page it says: "For L.G."
  • Stoneybrook Middle School has been hosting this trip for years and Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne have been before.
  • Tigger hides toys behind the refrigerator.
  • Stacey has been on an overnight trip for school in the seventh grade.
  • Mary Anne keeps a journal of everyone's experiences for Logan who is on vacation with his family.
  • Three other groups of kids are at the Lodge along with SMS; a junior high from northern Vermont, seventh and eighth graders from New Hampshire, and sixteen students from Conway Cove Elementary School from Maine.
    • The kids from the elementary school are winners of a readathon, they won the trip.
  • The dorms are arranged by grade.
  • Dawn and Mary Anne claimed a bunk bed together, so they can practice being roommates if their parents get married.
  • Kristy is bunk mates with Ashley Wyeth.
  • The BSC has a reputation among the SMS teachers as being great with kids.
  • The BSC passed on being paid to watch the kids from Conway Elementary School.
  • Dawn snores.
  • Pinky read 62 books in the readathon.
  • Dawns dad had taken her to Vail, Colorado before.
  • Mary Anne is a firm believer in dentures and doesn't like seeing adults toothless.
  • Ms. Halliday is engaged and tells Mary Anne that they haven't been separated much. She says that she admires Mary Anne for trying her hardest.
  • Claudia is the one that thinks up the prizes for the Conway students' snowman building contest.
  • Claudia is a better skier then Kristy.
  • On page 164 when Mary Anne lists things that she'd worry about getting a long distance phone call about, she lists a house fire which eventually happens in another book.
  • Kristy says that the winner of the ice sculpture contest would win a certificate for a free pizza at the pizza pan, back in Stoneybrook. In the Complete Guide, the pizza pan is not mentioned, nor is it mentioned anywhere else. This happens frequently post Kristy's Worst Idea, since the guide doesn't cover those books. This is one of the few places that are not in the guide before Kristy's Worst Idea.
  • This is both Jessi and Mallory's first school dance.

Gallery[]

Baby-Sitters Club Books
The Summer Before | #1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls | #3 The Truth About Stacey | #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Claudia and Mean Janine | #8 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #9 The Ghost at Dawn's House | #10 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #11 Kristy and the Snobs | #12 Claudia and the New Girl | #13 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #14 Hello, Mallory | #15 Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn | #16 Jessi's Secret Language | #17 Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery | #18 Stacey's Mistake | #19 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #20 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #21 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins | #22 Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter | #23 Dawn on the Coast | #24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise | #25 Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger | #26 Claudia and the Sad Good-bye | #27 Jessi and the Superbrat | #28 Welcome Back, Stacey! | #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary | #30 Mary Anne and the Great Romance | #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister | #32 Kristy and the Secret of Susan | #33 Claudia and the Great Search | #34 Mary Anne and Too Many Boys | #35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook | #36 Jessi's Baby-Sitter | #37 Dawn and the Older Boy | #38 Kristy's Mystery Admirer | #39 Poor Mallory! | #40 Claudia and the Middle School Mystery | #41 Mary Anne vs. Logan | #42 Jessi and the Dance School Phantom | #43 Stacey's Emergency | #44 Dawn and the Big Sleepover | #45 Kristy and the Baby Parade | #46 Mary Anne Misses Logan | #47 Mallory on Strike | #48 Jessi's Wish | #49 Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street | #50 Dawn's Big Date | #51 Stacey's Ex-Best Friend | #52 Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies | #53 Kristy for President | #54 Mallory and the Dream Horse | #55 Jessi's Gold Medal | #56 Keep Out, Claudia! | #57 Dawn Saves the Planet | #58 Stacey's Choice | #59 Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym) | #60 Mary Anne's Makeover | #61 Jessi and the Awful Secret | #62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever | #63 Claudia's Freind Friend | #64 Dawn's Family Feud | #65 Stacey's Big Crush | #66 Maid Mary Anne | #67 Dawn's Big Move | #68 Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter | #69 Get Well Soon, Mallory! | #70 Stacey and the Cheerleaders | #71 Claudia and the Perfect Boy | #72 Dawn and the We Love Kids Club | #73 Mary Anne and Miss Priss | #74 Kristy and the Copycat | #75 Jessi's Horrible Prank | #76 Stacey's Lie | #77 Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever | #78 Claudia and Crazy Peaches | #79 Mary Anne Breaks the Rules | #80 Mallory Pike, No. 1 Fan | #81 Kristy and Mr. Mom | #82 Jessi and the Troublemaker | #83 Stacey vs. the BSC | #84 Dawn and the School Spirit War | #85 Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO! | #86 Mary Anne and Camp BSC | #87 Stacey and the Bad Girls | #88 Farewell, Dawn | #89 Kristy and the Dirty Diapers | #90 Welcome to the BSC, Abby! | #91 Claudia and the First Thanksgiving | #92 Mallory's Christmas Wish | #93 Mary Anne and the Memory Garden | #94 Stacey McGill, Super Sitter | #95 Kristy + Bart = ? | #96 Abby's Lucky Thirteen | #97 Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby | #98 Dawn and Too Many Sitters | #99 Stacey's Broken Heart | #100 Kristy's Worst Idea | #101 Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout | #102 Mary Anne and the Little Princess | #103 Happy Holidays, Jessi | #104 Abby's Twin | #105 Stacey the Math Whiz | #106 Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade | #107 Mind Your Own Business, Kristy! | #108 Don't Give Up, Mallory! | #109 Mary Anne to the Rescue | #110 Abby the Bad Sport | #111 Stacey's Secret Friend | #112 Kristy and the Sister War | #113 Claudia Makes Up Her Mind | #114 The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier | #115 Jessi's Big Break | #116 Abby and the Best Kid Ever | #117 Claudia and the Terrible Truth | #118 Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer | #119 Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend | #120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight | #121 Abby in Wonderland | #122 Kristy in Charge | #123 Claudia's Big Party | #124 Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? | #125 Mary Anne in the Middle | #126 The All-New Mallory Pike | #127 Abby's Un-Valentine | #128 Claudia and the Little Liar | #129 Kristy at Bat | #130 Stacey's Movie | #131 The Fire at Mary Anne's House
Super Specials
#1 Baby-sitters on Board! | #2 Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation | #3 Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation | #4 Baby-sitters' Island Adventure | #5 California Girls! | #6 New York, New York! | #7 Snowbound | #8 Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake | #9 Starring the Baby-sitters Club #10 Sea City, Here We Come! | #11 The Baby-sitters Remember | #12 Here Come the Bridesmaids! | #13 Aloha, Baby-sitters! | #14 BSC in the USA | #15 Baby-sitters' European Vacation
Portrait Collection
Stacey's Book | Claudia's Book | Dawn's Book | Mary Anne's Book | Kristy's Book | Abby's Book
Other
The Baby-Sitters Club Notebook (1987) | The Baby-Sitters Club Postcard Book (1991) | Trivia & Puzzle Fun Book (1992) | Ann M. Martin: The Story of the author of the Baby-sitters Club (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Babysitting (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Chain Letter (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa (1994) | Audio Books on Cassette Tape (1994-5) | BSC Movie Novelization (1995) | The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club (1996) | Autograph Book (1998) | BSC Graphic Novels (2006-present) | We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers (2021) | Welcome to Stoneybrook: A Guided Journal (2021) | The Official Coloring Book (2023)
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