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Stacey's Choice is the 58th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series. Stacey is forced to choose between her parents again when her mother is sick and her father has an important event.

Back Cover Summary

Since Stacey's parents got divorced it hasn't been easy. Stacey hates being put in the middle of them. And even though she gets to see her dad often, Stacey misses him. Sometimes she wishes she were just a regular kid with a regular family.

But now both of her parents are depending on Stacey. They each need her — badly. And she can't be in Stoneybrook and New York at the same time.

How will Stacey ever choose between her mom and her dad...again?

Summary

Subplot

The kids of Stoneybrook start buying mail order items with their money since they like getting mail. However, since it's not stuff what they like or want, they go door to door trying to sell it to the neighbors.

Characters

Stacey's Family

BSC Members

Kids

Pre-teens

Teenagers

Adults

Locations

Pop Culture and Real-Life References

  • the Drifters, Buddy Holly, the Chiffons, and Gladys Knight and the Pips (music artists)
  • Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal (magazines)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Our Miss Brooks
  • The Runaway Bunny, Babar’s Little Girl, Good Dog, Carl,

Continuity and Inconsistencies

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • Stacey says that Kristy came up with the idea for associate members, however, it was actually Mary Anne's idea.
  • Mrs. McGill no longer has a job despite having one in Stacey's Emergency, but it was mentioned she had temporary work.
  • Stacey says Mal has red hair and blue eyes, but in other books, Mal has reddish brown hair.
  • On page 73, Suzi is spelt as Suzy.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter

Dear Reader,

In Stacey’s Choice, Stacey once again has to make some tough decisions as a result of her parents’ divorce. Many people have asked me why so many of the members of the Baby-sitters Club have parents who are divorced. When I began writing the series, I wanted to create characters readers could relate to. I remembered that when I was teaching, nearly half the kids in my class came from families in which the parents were divorced. And so Kristy, Dawn, and now Stacey are “divorced kids.”

I frequently hear from both parents and kids who appreciate finding characters like Stacey in the books. Reading about kids who face the same challenges they do makes those challenges easier to face.

Trivia

  • Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn are members that lost a parent.
  • Stacey has call waiting on the phone line in her room.
  • Mr. McGill is promoted to vice president of the company he works for.
  • Dawn won't touch red meat as of this book, before becoming a vegetarian later.
  • Mallory visits her grandparents, however it's unclear where they live.
  • Mrs. McGill and Mrs. Pike have became best friends.
  • The Pike kids visit their grandparents at one point and Jessi has special dance classes and this prevents them to go shopping with everyone; this makes sense because Mal and Jessi don't appear on the front cover.
  • Dawn once found this offer in a magazine, for a dollar forty-nine she got twelve cassettes. But didn’t realize that by doing that, she’d joined a cassette club. Every month another cassette arrived in the mail and she was supposed to pay almost full price for each one. She never had enough money and finally had to ask her dad to get her out of the club.
  • Kristy saw this ad on TV where the announcer said you could order this great collection of fifties and sixties rock ‘n’ roll songs by the original artists. The cassette eventually arrived, but it turned out to be a collection of the old songs performed by a new group called the Original Artists.
  • Kristy and Mary Anne said that they want to use Vanessa's bust developer.
  • Maureen is friendly with most of the parents of the kids Stacey sits for when they come over to help her.
  • Mr. McGill keeps a picture of Stacey on his desk at work.
  • All the kids wanting yo-yos is similar to the plot of Karen's Yo-Yo.
  • The cover is from chapter three.
  • In chapter 7, the BSC members vote on whether Stacey should go to New York or stay with her mom. It’s never said which club members are on which side, but in chapter 9 when Stacey tells Dawn that she’ll have to take over as treasurer at Friday’s meeting, Dawn seems surprised. So Dawn likely voted against Stacey going to New York.

Gallery

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
Other
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)
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