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Stacey's Book is the first of the six Portrait Collection books published by Scholastic from 1994-1997.

Back Cover Summary[]

Can you believe it?? Everyone in the eighth grade of my school has to write an autobiography. So I've been looking through photo albums and trying to remember the past — the good and the bad. Like when I was five and got to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. And when I was eight and Laine and I got in BIG trouble. I've been writing about my life before diabetes, before the divorce, and even before Stoneybrook and the BSC. In fact, everything right up until this minute. So this is my life — welcome to it!

Chapter 1[]

Locations

  • McGill House
  • Unnamed pre-school
  • Central Park
  • Museum of Natural History (mentioned)
  • Plaza Hotel

Characters

The Early Years[]

Locations

Characters

When I Was Five[]

Locations

  • McGill apartment
  • Kindergarten classroom

Characters

When I Was Eight[]

Locations

  • McGill apartment
  • Beresford Ballroom Dance Academy

Characters

  • Maureen McGill
  • Edward McGill
  • Mrs. Cummings
  • Mrs. Dandyworth - ballroom dancing class teacher
  • Unnamed piano player
  • Randal Peterson the Third, Samantha, and Cecile - students in ballroom dancing class

When I Was Ten[]

Locations

  • Pine Island
  • McGill apartment

Characters

  • Maureen McGill
  • Edward McGill
  • Mara and Alice O'Connell - girls who live on the island. Mara is 10 and Alice is 1.
  • Mr. Stanley - boat driver

When I Was Twelve[]

Locations

  • McGill apartment
  • New York City

Characters

Chapter 15[]

Locations

  • McGill House

Characters

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Sesame Street and Big Bird
  • Eloise
  • Cinderella
  • Peter Pan
  • Pavarotti, Madonna, Sting, Diana Ross, Paul Simon (singers)
  • Kermit the Frog
  • MTV
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Robert DeNiro

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

  • Stacey and Laine are no longer friends, which happened in Stacey's Ex-Best Friend.
  • On page 137 Stacey recalls when the BSC visited her in New York from Stacey's Mistake.
  • Stacey recalls how her friends are really her friends because of her diabetes which was part of Stacey's memory in The Baby-sitters Remember.
  • Ed broke his ankle on a vacation when Stacey was ten. This is mentioned in Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, but in that book, it's said that Ed broke his foot.

Inconsistencies

  • In this book it says she lived on the Upper East Side. But in Welcome Back, Stacey!, she says she has never lived on the East Side before.
  • Stacey mentions that she never went to Europe in Baby-sitters' European Vacation, but in this book she mentions going to Ireland and Scotland.
  • On page 159, Stacey says that she thinks Matt Braddock would love the penguins. Except at this point of her life, Stacey hasn't met him yet.
  • In chapter 12, Stacey is back in New York City so that part takes place after Stacey's Mistake (because she mentions when the older club members visited her). The chapter is called “When I Was 12.” But Stacey moved back to NYC when she was 13 .

Trivia[]

  • Stacey was born at 1:30 AM on April 3 at Mt. Sinani Hospital in New York City.
  • Maureen kept all sorts about Stacey as a baby including her eating schedule.
  • The McGills used to live in Greenwich Village before moving to the Upper East Side.
  • Stacey had her fourth birthday at the plaza hotel.
  • Disney's Cinderella was rereleased in theaters when Stacey was in kindergarten.
  • Stacey still knows the songs she learned in kindergarten and she sings them to her charges.
  • Stacey was on the float with Cinderella in the Macy's day parade when she was in kindergarten, she has the crown the actress wore.
  • The Cinderella in the story Miss Moss reads and in the float has red hair.
  • Stacey didn't believe in the tooth fairy when she was five years old.
  • When she was six Stacey's grandmother gave her a 10 story Victorian doll house for her to play with.
  • Stacey has a memory box that she keeps.
  • Despite not liking it at first, Stacey ended up grateful that she took the ballroom dancing classes.
  • Stacey claims that she "could live on apricot rolls."
  • Maureen and Ed were having problems with their relationship as early as when Stacey was ten in hindsight.
  • Stacey's first baby-sitting job was for 1 year old Alice O'Connell. She watched her while Mr. McGill was rushed to the hospital.
  • Stacey and Mara never wrote to each other, but Stacey always remembered that vacation.
  • Stacey still doesn't like Allison Ritz.
  • Claudia mentions that she's been to New York before she met Stacey.
  • Stacey gets an A on her autobiography assignment.

Interior Illustrations[]

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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
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