The Baby-Sitters Club Wiki
The Baby-Sitters Club Wiki

Stacey's Problem is the tenth book in the Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

Stacey is happy that her dad is getting remarried — but her mom is absolutely miserable. What can Stacey do? It will take all her New York sophistication to think of a solution to this one. Luckily, she and her friends have a few tricks up their sleeves. But will they make the situation better... or worse?


When Stacey's dad announces his engagement to Samantha and her mom finds out, Maureen feels depressed. Stacey thinks she needs to date and gets a hold of video dating tapes but declines on setting her up. She tries to be there for her mom.

Maureen later announces she is going back to using her maiden name and she plans on opening a clothing shop in Stoneybrook.

Sub Plot[]

Mallory feels distant from everyone when she comes back from boarding school. She feels like she's being replaced by Byron who has decided to become the biggest big brother of all time. She feels different since coming back from school and out of place.

Characters in this book[]

Stacey's Family

Baby-sitters Club





  • Samantha Young
  • Gabriel Dillon - Maureen's date (mentioned)
  • Beverly - Maureen's friend from work
  • Roy & Alex - men on the video dating service

Places in this book[]

In Stoneybrook

In New York City

  • Grand Central Station
  • Edward McGill's apartment
  • Windows on the World - restaurant in the World Trade Center.
  • Central Park

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Scrabble, Sorry, and Monopoly (board games)
  • Anne Bancroft, Elizabeth Hurley, Hugh Grant, Mel Brooks (actors)
  • Video dating services
  • Garfield the Cat
  • Versace
  • Princess Diana
  • Aretha Franklin

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]


  • Stacey narrates that she and Claudia just made up from their fight which started in Stacey vs. Claudia.
  • Claudia talks about Stacey's Movie on page 49.
  • Stacey narrates about her mom dating in Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? on page 52.
  • On page 92 some of Stacey's memories with Laine are mentioned in previous books.



  • This is the last appearance of Laine Cummings in the series.
  • Maureen decides to go back to her maiden name in this book.
  • Maureen has a special tomato sauce recipe from her grandmother.
  • Claudia knows that you eat clams while they're still alive but Stacey didn't.
  • Edward and Samantha tell Stacey that they are getting engaged.
  • Mallory comes back from Riverbend Hall Boarding School for the summer.
  • Maureen doesn't like endings.
  • Stacey notes that Mallory stands a little straighter and more confident.
  • Byron has been helping his siblings with their homework as soon as they get home, Claire calls him the nicest.
  • Mallory knew half the girls at Riverbend in a week.
  • Margo's class has a pet chinchilla.
  • Kristy doesn't like guys who shaves their head unless it's for sports.
  • Watson is losing his hair.
  • Stacey has her own cell phone.
  • Maureen doesn't spend a lot of time on the internet.
  • Laine never really liked Claudia, calling her not to bright and too into art.
  • Samantha goes to Alaska for work.
  • Mallory is president of internet club and Stacey realizes that Mallory is a leader.
  • Claudia might get her own product line if Maureen opens her own store.