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Mary Anne and Too Many Boys is the 34th book in the original series of The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

It's Sea City Part II when Mary Anne and Stacey return there as mother's helpers for the Pike family. The girls can't wait to catch some rays, stroll along the boardwalk...and baby-sit, of course!

But neither of them expects to meet up with her boyfriend from last summer. And to further complicate things, little Vanessa Pike has a crush on the cashier at Ice-Cream Palace— only he has a crush on Mallory!

Will a summer romance come between Logan and Mary Anne? Will an older boy break Vanessa's heart? Only one thing's for certain: There are too many boys in Sea City!


Stacey and Mary Anne went to Sea City with the Pike family for a vacation for the second time, but almost nothing goes as planned with some new and old faces, new and old romances, and much much more. will they be able to get through it all?


Vanessa Pike has a crush on the boy Chris (12) at the ice cream stand in sea city and sneaks around. Mary Anne helps her deal with it when it's revealed he has a crush on Mallory, who is a year younger than him. In the end, Vanessa writes a poem saying thank you to Mary Anne.

Kristy stays in Stoneybrook because her mother wants the family to be together like last summer. She babysits Jackie Rodowsky at the Pool, when Jackie falls down. A lifeguard catches them.

Dawn loves visiting California, including her brother Jeff and father Jack. In fact, she wants to stay here forever. When Jack's soon-to-become wife Carol Olson brings in her old friend's children Julie (3) and Gregory (8 months) for a date, and Dawn and Jeff babysit the two children in exchange in watching a video of Indiana Jones. Jeff is good at babysitting as Dawn and impresses Julie by making a tower of cards, while Gregory takes a nap.

Jessi stays in Stoneybrook like Kristy does. Jessi babysits her sister Becca, her best friend Charlotte Johanssen, and little brother Squirt. Squirt puts Misty in Frodo's cage because Misty went out.


Mary Anne's Family

BSC Members





Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford
  • Howard Johnsons
  • Batman
  • The Wizards of Oz

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Chris is 12, which would not be legal age to work at the ice cream place (he needs to be 16 or 18). This would only be okay if his parents owned the place and he's working limited hours, or maybe, a volunteering job.
  • Claudia goes to Vermont for summer vacation, like she did last summer, but in Boy-Crazy Stacey she went to New Hampshire.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

In Mary Anne and Too Many Boys, Mary Anne finds herself torn between Logan and Alex. In the end, she realizes that Alex is the boy for her. Many kids write to me saying they are concerned because they don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend. While Mary Anne may be ready for a steady relationship, lots of kids her age are not! The truth is, many kids feel more comfortable being a friend instead of a boyfriend or girlfriend—like Mary Anne and Logan. Or Kristy and Bart. Sometimes knowing when you’re ready for a relationship can be confusing. The most important thing is always to do what feels right for you.


  • For summer vacation: Dawn is back in California for a few weeks and Claudia's going to Vermont. Only Jessi and Kristy in Stoneybrook together for a few weeks.
  • Jessi takes care of Frodo for the Pikes while they are gone.
  • Mary Anne thinks Stacey doesn't like very old fashioned things.
  • Jobs scheduled but not seen: Jessi for Charlotte and Kristy for Jenny
  • Alex and Toby are sitting for 14 kids as mother's helpers. They also babysat a little girl named Shelia.
  • This is the last time we see Toby and Alex in the main series, Toby will later reappear in Stacey and the Boyfriend Trap.
  • Stacey and Mary Anne weren't able to have time off baby-sitting together.
  • On page 76 Mary Anne mentions that Stacey is looking pale foreshadowing her diabetic shock in Stacey's Emergency.
  • Toby wins Mary Anne a purple hippo.
  • This is the first time Margo gets sick from the trampoline.
  • Squirt knows how to operate the hamsters cages.
  • Mallory sleeps like an eggbeater and talks in her sleep.
  • Mrs. Pike paid Mary Anne and Stacey with a check.
  • Claudia and Stacey never had a chapter in this book.


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)