Dawn is the first book in the California Diaries series and is written by Dawn Schafer.

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What kind of friend am I? Actually, I think I mean what kind of person am I? What kind of friend, sister, stepsister, daughter, stepdaughter? I'm not always a very good person. I know that.

But sometimes I can't help it.


At Vista, eighth graders are required to write personal journals about their experiences. Meet thirteen-year-old Dawn Schafer, the crunchy and health conscious member of the Baby-Sitters Club, who has returned to California to live with her father, stepmother, and brother.

Dawn is thrilled to be reunited with her old friends Sunny, Maggie, and Jill. It’s not always easy to keep the group together, though; things are changing fast since they moved the eighth-grade classes into the high school.

With new social demands and decisions to make, Dawn sees just how much her old friends have changed since she moved away or is she the one who is different now?

It’s time for this independent girl to let go of the life she had across the country and figure out just where she belongs now.


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