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Kristy and the Missing Child is the fourth book in the Baby-sitters Club Mystery series.

Back Cover[]

Kristy can hardly believe it when little Jake Kuhn is reported missing. Jake is one of the kids on her softball team. And Kristy was the last person to see Jake before he disappeared.

Even though the Baby-sitters and all Jake's friends are helping look for him, Kristy still feels horrible. And when the police can't find Jake after almost two days, things look really serious.

Kristy knows she's just a kid, but she's determined to find Jake. Wherever he is...

Main Plot[]

At the end of Krushers baseball practice, Kristy is getting ready to walk home with David Michael and Bart Taylor and is surprised when she notices Jake Kuhn walking home by himself, but Jake says he got permission from his mom to walk home by himself while she takes his younger sisters Laurel and Patsy to the dentist and Kristy doesn't think anything of it.

Later that evening, Mrs. Kuhn calls Kristy to tell her that Jake never made it home. At first she thinks that Jake went to a friend's house, but after some phone calls, nobody has seen Jake which prompts Mrs. Kuhn to believe that her ex-husband possibly took him. The divorce was recent and the kids have been missing their dad a lot.

Despite Mrs. Kuhn's claims that her Mr. Kuhn is responsible, nobody else is quite as sure because Mr. Kuhn was well-liked and the divorce was relatively friendly. It appears to be unlikely that he would kidnap his own son. Kristy knows that everyone needs to consider the possibility that Jake might be hurt somewhere, so she puts together a huge search party. She also feels responsible for Jake going missing because she was the last one to see him before he went missing.

The first day of the search party doesn't turn up much. Kristy has Matt Braddock in her search group and Matt knows all sorts of secret places that Jake might be, but he isn't in any of them. Meanwhile, the police are still pursuing the fact that Mr. Kuhn kidnapped Jake and think it he might be in Mexico.

Despite Kristy feeling hopeless, she is determined not to give up and continues to find Jake. When Kristy goes out searching with the Braddock kids, Matt remembers a construction site where some houses are being built & where Jake liked to go and get some scrap lumber.

When they go over to the construction site, they discover that Jake had fallen through a hole in the floor of one of the houses being built. Bart runs to get help, Jake is rescued and reunited with his family.

The last award was for Kristy at awards night. It was because Kristy found Jake. Right before Kristy got the award, Bart kissed her on the lips.


Mary Anne has a hard time in her home ec class at school, but is able to pass the class by making Jello Jigglers. In the end, Mary Anne ends up receiving an award for "Most Improved Home Ec Student."

Characters in this book[]

Kristy's Family

BSC Members




Places in this book[]

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles
  • Barbie
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Super Mario Brothers
  • "The Indian in the Cupboard" (book)
  • "Charlotte's Web" (book)
  • Nintendo game system
  • G.I. Joe

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Mr. Taylor is mistakenly called "she" on page 65.


  • The wiki admins would like to thank Dhui1996 for contributing the reprint cover images from the BSC Reddit Community.
  • Elizabeth says that Patrick lives in California, which is where he was living in Kristy's Big News. Elizabeth thinks Mr. Thomas does something with horses.
  • This is the first time Kristy sits for the Kuhn Family.
  • Mary Anne, Claudia, and Kristy used to go to a convenience store, Jugtown everyday when they were younger.
  • Kristy gets an award for helping find Jake.
  • Bart kisses Kristy.
  • Mary Anne is failing home-ec in this book.
  • Nannie likes to volunteer at the library and the Foodshelf.
  • Harry Kuhn and Sharon Spier knew each other since they were kids.
  • Caroline Kuhn and Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer took an aerobics class at the same time and became friends.
  • Elizabeth drives Kristy home from a BSC meeting in chapter 6.
  • Maureen and Stacey used to have popcorn picnics.
  • Kristy starts crying about Jake in chapter 10.
  • Stoneybrook has an abandoned gas station and an underpass by the train tracks.
  • Jake and Matt are building a tree house together.
  • Kristy doesn't put her hair in a ponytail for awards night.
  • The working title of this book was Kristy and the Missing Kid [1]
  • When Laurel and Patsy spend the night at Stacey‘s house, they want to watch a movie. Stacey says she doesn’t have any movies that they’d like (possibly because they aren’t kid movies). But in Kristy's Big Day, Stacey says she owns the Mary Poppins video.
Mystery Books
#1 Stacey and the Missing Ring | #2 Beware, Dawn! | #3 Mallory and the Ghost Cat | #4 Kristy and the Missing Child | #5 Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic | #6 The Mystery at Claudia's House | #7 Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs | #8 Jessi and the Jewel Thieves | #9 Kristy and the Haunted Mansion | #10 Stacey and the Mystery Money | #11 Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum | #12 Dawn and the Surfer Ghost | #13 Mary Anne and the Library Mystery | #14 Stacey and the Mystery at the Mall | #15 Kristy and the Vampires | #16 Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph | #17 Dawn and the Halloween Mystery | #18 Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House | #19 Kristy and the Missing Fortune | #20 Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery | #21 Claudia and the Recipe for Danger | #22 Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade | #23 Abby and the Secret Society | #24 Mary Anne and the Silent Witness | #25 Kristy and the Middle School Vandal | #26 Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter | #27 Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost | #28 Abby and the Mystery Baby | #29 Stacey and the Fashion Victim | #30 Kristy and the Mystery Train | #31 Mary Anne and the Music Box Secret | #32 Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting | #33 Stacey and the Stolen Hearts | #34 Mary Anne and the Haunted Bookstore | #35 Abby and the Notorious Neighbor | #36 Kristy and the Cat Burglar
Super Mysteries
#1 Baby-sitters' Haunted House | #2 Baby-sitters Beware | #3 Baby-sitters' Fright Night | #4 Baby-sitters' Christmas Chiller
Other Series
Baby-Sitters Club | Super Special | Portrait Collection | Readers' Request | Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever | California Diaries | Baby-Sitters Little Sister | The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class