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Little Miss Stoneybrook ...and Dawn is the fifteenth book in the original The Baby-Sitters Club series. The club gets involved in a children's beauty contest.

Back Cover Summary[]

Dawn's a little jealous when there's a formal ceremony to welcome Jessi and Mallory into the Baby-sitters Club. Don't people know that Dawn's a special baby-sitter, too?

Then it's Dawn's turn to shine. Mrs. Pike wants Dawn to help prepare Margo and Claire for the Little Miss Stoneybrook Contest. So what if Margo's only talent is peeling a banana with her feet? Dawn's going to help her charges win that contest any way she can.

The only trouble is...Kristy, Mary Anne, and Claudia are helping Karen, Myriah, and Charlotte enter the contest, too. And nobody's sure where the competition is fiercer: at the pageant — or in the Baby-sitters Club!


Main Plot[]

Five BSC Charges (Karen Brewer, Claire & Margo Pike, Myriah Perkins, & Charlotte Johanssen) decide they want to compete in the Little Miss Stoneybrook Pageant. Kristy helps prepare Karen, Dawn helps Claire & Margo, Mary Anne helps Myriah, and Claudia works with Charlotte. The baby-sitters are intensely competitive as each would like her charge to win the pageant. But with crazy talents, stage fright, and intense pageant competitors, things get a little crazy. Eventually, Charlotte develops stage fright and runs off the stage, Claire, Karen & Margo flub up their interview questions, and Myriah goes on to win first runner up. Her prize is a shopping spree at Toy City. Other known competitors are Sabrina Bouvier (grand prize winner) and Lisa Shermer (second runner up).


  • Claire Pike - talent is to sing a schoolyard version of the "Popeye" theme song and do a little dance in a sailor outfit
  • Margo Pike - can peel a banana with her feet and recite "The House That Jack Built"
  • Karen Brewer - sang "The Wheels on the Bus" including several made up verses.
  • Charlotte Johanssen - recited passages from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as her talent; however, she ran off the stage.


Dawn's brother Jeff is not adjusting to the move to Stoneybrook very well and ultimately moves back to California to live with his dad, which is hard on Dawn since her family has been ripped in half- girls vs boys, Stoneybrook vs Palo City- and separated by 3,000 miles.


Dawn's Family

BSC Members





Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Sabrina Bouvier sings Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Myriah sang and tap danced to Shirley Temple's On the Good Ship Lollipop
  • Claire did a Popeye song for the Little Miss Stoneybrook pageant
  • Charlotte recited a passage from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The pageant is compared to "Miss America."
  • Dawn suggests that Claire could also sing "Tomorrow" or "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
  • The owl and the Pussycat, The House that Jack Built (poems)
  • Mr. Poppers Penguins, The Wizard of Oz (books)
  • Monopoly
  • McDonalds
  • Transformers

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

Little Miss Stoneybrook … and Dawn is one of my favorite books in the series because it was so much fun to write. I loved creating the silly acts for the pageant, in particular for Margo, who peels bananas with her feet. (I don’t know if anyone can do that; I just made it up!) I also liked writing about the rehearsals and the funny mistakes the kids make. By the way, if I had ever had to be in a pageant myself, I would have reacted the way Charlotte Johanssen did.

The humor in the book, however, was tempered by a serious subplot. It is in this book that Jeff returns to California. While Dawn is upset by this, she understands why Jeff misses California and their father. In fact, later in the series Dawn faces this dilemma herself....


  • Mallory and Jessi get formally inducted into the club with a ceremony, which made Mary Anne cry.
  • Charlotte specifically asks Claudia to sit for her since Stacey moved. Kristy doesn’t like this, but she doesn’t protest. But in later books, it’s said that parents and kids can’t request sitters. Jobs are shared equally.
  • Dawn once saved two kids from a fire back in California.
  • Dawn thinks her house in Stoneybrook is better then the house in California.
  • Last Halloween 42 pumpkin smashings happened in Stoneybrook.
  • A man on Dodds Lane reported a burglar in his yard but when the police arrived they couldn't find anyone.
  • Kristy thinks that pageants could be sexist but fun.
  • Mrs. Pike is part of a volunteer project at the library.
  • Kristy's favorite sitting jobs are with her own siblings.
  • There's a key to the downstairs bathroom at the Brewer's house.
  • Watson called Lisa about Karen being in the pageant.
  • Sharon's work hosted a baby shower for one of the employees, Kelly.
  • Margo can stand on her head.
  • Dawn thought that Margo was uncoordinated.
  • Jobs lined up but not seen include: Mallory for Jamie Newton, unknown clients for: Jessi, Claudia, and Dawn.
  • Jeff tore apart Jerry's card.
  • One time Jeff visited his dad and his suitcase ended up in Albuquerque.
  • Karen wore the flower girl dress from Watson and Elizabeth’s wedding in the talent part of the pageant.
  • There was an earthquake in California.
  • Jeff calls in the last chapter.
  • Claire always wears a watch on her right wrist. Since most people wear watches on the hand that they don’t use dominantly, Claire might be a lefty.
  • This is one of the few books that mentions Jessi’s reading glasses.
  • In chapter 11, it’s a Friday. Dawn is working with Claire and Margo, and she goes home at 5:30 p.m. because Jeff is flying back to California that night. But Dawn should’ve headed to Claudia’s for a BSC meeting. However, Kristy might’ve given Dawn permission to skip that meeting.


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
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)