Mallory couldn't imagine not being in a big family like hers. There's always someone to do things with, and she likes to help take care of her younger brothers and sisters.
But now Mallory's working on an important writing project, and she needs peace and quiet. So why won't everyone leave her alone? Nicky needs help tying his shoes, Claire wants a sandwich, and someone has to break up the fight among the triplets.
Mallory feels like a baby-sitting slave.
And there's only one thing to do: This Baby-sitter is going on strike!
Mallory is super excited. Her writing class teacher announced that there's going to be a writing contest. Mallory has to be in it! That day she wants to get started right away. But her mum keeps asking for favours and to do this or that. And now she never even has time to do her homework.
She goes on strike.
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
In Mallory on Strike, Mallory protests when she feels that she is being taken advantage of as a built-in baby-sitter. Unlike Mallory, something I rarely had to do was baby-sit for my sister. She is only two years younger than I am, so by the time I started baby-sitting she barely needed a sitter herself. Sometimes we were left baby-sitting for each other, which was fun because we were on our own. Our parents let us fix frozen dinners and eat them on trays in front of the TV. A big treat!
Mallory also feels that she has no privacy. In my family, privacy was important to my sister and me, and we were lucky because we had our own rooms. It’s too bad we didn’t have two back seats in our station wagon, because that would have solved a problem on long car trips. Each of us wanted our own space in the car. In order to create it, we would divide the back seat in half, and we weren’t allowed to cross the line. If we did, a fight usually ensued. Neither Jane nor I ever went on strike, but our parents frequently threatened to pull the car over until we could settle down.
David Michael has a friend named Carver Ensign, this is the only book he appears in.
Mal wins Best Overall Fiction for 6th Grade.
It's noted Mal and her family have chestnut hair and blue eyes, but Mallory and Nicky are the only two that wears glasses.
The Prezziosos live on Burnt Hill Road and are friends with the Pikes.
Jessi's studying French.
Jessi wears size 6 shoes.
One of Mallory's favorite foods is bacon.
Mal is in a special creative writing class, taught by Mr. Doughtery .
Mal is 10 minutes late for a BSC meeting.
Boo Boo weighs 14 pounds.
Jessi and Mal like Mexican food.
Pamme Reed, an author, comes to SMS. This is the second time an author has visited SMS, the first in Mary Anne Misses Logan.
Bookmark from the first printing of this book (front and back)