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Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout is the 101st book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

Claudia's never been a star student, but she's always gotten by. Lately, however, she feels hopelessly behind. Then Claudia is told the terrible news—she is being dropped back to seventh grade.

With a new locker and a new lunch hour, Claudia feels as if she doesn't fit in anywhere. She doesn't know anyone in seventh grade. And she never sees her friends anymore. She's not even allowed to go to the eighth-grade dance with them. Claudia feels like a loser.

Her friends say it will all be okay. But Claudia isn't so sure...

Main Plot[]

When her troubles in school culminate in her being dropped back to the seventh grade, Claudia struggles with feelings of failure while adjusting to classmates outside of the Baby-sitters Club.

Subplot[]

The sitting charges all band together to become pen pals with kids at Stoneybrook General Hospital. Kristy called the project Hospital Buddies. The BSC also threw the kids a Halloween party.

Characters[]

Claudia's Family

BSC Members

Kids

Pre-Teens

  • Ron Belkis, Josh Peterson, Tim Ryan - 7th graders at SMS

Teenagers

Adults

  • Mrs. Newton (mentioned)
  • Mr. Schubert - Claudia's 8th grade math teacher
  • Ms. Griswold
  • Ms. Anderson - Kristy's social studies teacher (mentioned)
  • Mr. Wong - Claudia's art teacher
  • Serena McKay
  • Dr. Johanssen
  • Mr. Blake - Claudia's 8th grade social studies teacher (mentioned)
  • Mrs. Hall - Claudia's 8th grade English teacher (mentioned)
  • Mr. Matthews - study hall aid (mentioned)
  • Mrs. Amer
  • Howard Kingbridge
  • Mr. Peters - Claudia's 7th grade math teacher
  • Mr. Redmont
  • Ms. Chiavetta - Claudia's 7th grade English teacher
  • Ms. Spacey - Claudia's 7th grade science teacher
  • Mrs. Rodowsky
  • Students in Claudia's art class.
  • Watson Brewer (mentioned)
  • Sharon Spier (mentioned)

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Vogue
  • Nancy Drew
  • Peter Pan
  • Milk Duds, Sour Patch Kids (candy)
  • Pocahontas, Sacajawea, Lewis & Clark, Einstein, Emily Dickinson,, Hildegarde Von Bingen (real people)
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • Barbie
  • Bart Simpson
  • Mr. Spock and Star Trek
  • Little Match Girl
  • Georgia O'Keefe
  • Nerf

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • Dr. Johanssen is a pediatrician in this book when it's been previously mentioned that she's an ER doctor.
  • In Kristy's Mystery Admirer, Jordan says he will be a mummy for Halloween—a headless one, to be exact because being headless will make the costume original. Yet here, Nicky says he is going to be a mummy. Jordan tells him he's going to look dumb and no one will know what he is.
  • In this book the 6th and 7th graders aren't allowed to go to the Halloween Hop, but at previous dances and Halloween Hops there was never any mention of 8th grade only dances. In fact Mallory and Jessi were at the previous dances. But in Dawn's Wicked Stepsister, there was a dance only for eighth-graders.
  • Claudia says she has her social studies teacher from last year, Mr. Redmont, in this book. However, in Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls on page 5 it's said her social studies teacher is Mr. Miller.
  • The Arnold twins are 9 on page 69, but they're supposed to be 8.
  • Claudia says that Jackie regained consciousness from his bike accident in the hospital. But in Kristy's Worst Idea, Jackie says he regained consciousness when he was being put in an ambulance.
  • Claudia says that Rosa taught her to save the questions that she’s unsure about for later, but Janine gave Claudia that same advice in Claudia and the Middle School Mystery.
  • Claudia has a fake nose ring. But in Jessi's Horrible Prank, Claudia said nose rings hurt when she clipped one of her earrings to her nostril.
  • It mentions Matt Braddock is good at lip reading, but in previous books he doesn’t lip read.
  • Claudia says the hospital Halloween party had to be held in the lounge to avoid breaking rules about visitors being a certain age. But in Claudia and the Bad Joke Claudia says there are no rules about hospital visitors unless the patient is in ICU. But this is consistent with Karen's Doll when Karen couldn’t visit Nancy in the hospital because she was only seven and not immediate family. The rule in this book is also consistent with Karen's Accident when Andrew, Hannie, and Nancy couldn’t visit Karen in the hospital because they were too young.
  • When Claudia is moved back to the seventh-grade, she gets a new locker. But In Logan Likes Mary Anne!, it's mentioned that Mary Anne still has the locker she had in the seventh-grade.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

In Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout, Claudia finds herself in a difficult situation when she is moved from eighth grade to seventh grade. Not only is she concerned about her schoolwork, but she has been moved in with a whole new group of kids. This can be difficult for anybody. I hear from lots of kids who are new in their school or town, and want to find ways to make friends. As Claudia found out, there are lots of ways to do this. One of the best is to think about things you like to do. For instance, do you like sports? Join a team at your school or in your town. Do you like art? Maybe your school is putting on a play, and you could work on the scenery or costumes. Do you feel like trying your hand at something new? See if you can take a class. Then you can meet the kids in your class. Like Claudia, you might think you’re the only one in this situation. But that’s not true. Everyone has been, or will be, the new kid at some point.

Trivia[]

  • Claudia takes an art class taught by Serena McKay at Stoneybrook University.
  • Claudia's art wins 1st prize in the show. She donates her painting to the children's wing of the hospital.
  • Russ had a motorcycle before he was married.
  • Claudia has a theory that chocolate is an important part of everyone's diet.
  • Two sitters are no longer needed at the Pikes.
  • Emily Bernstein is in Claudia's science class.
  • Stoneybrook University is called a community college in this book.
  • When Claudia was six she wanted a doll called singing Susie.
  • Rosa is friendly with Janine.
  • Claudia has a fake nose ring.
  • Claudia doesn't like immature boys.
  • Claudia cares if other kids see her as dumb.
  • Charlotte looks just like her mom when wearing her doctor costume.
  • Claudia becomes a "mini celebrity" to the seventh graders.
  • On page 102 Claudia considers putting a streak of color in her hair for her costume, which would later become something she does in the graphic novels.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kishi don't give out candy on Halloween instead giving out dried apricots or raisin boxes.
  • A news reporter from the Stoneybrook News covered the art show.
  • Claudia won the art show.
  • Serena McKay thought that Claudia would make a name for herself and have a long fabulous career.
  • It’s very unlikely that a school would send a student to the previous grade if the school year has already started, no matter how badly they’re struggling. In real life, if Claudia was really struggling with school in the seventh-grade, they would’ve had her repeat the grade instead of moving her up to the eighth-grade.

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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