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Stacey and the Bad Girls is the 87th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series.

Back Cover Summary[]

This is a different kind of summer for Stacey. Since her fight with the BSC, Stacey's not baby-sitting much, and she doesn't have her best friend Claudia to do things with. So Stacey gets a part-time job at the department store downtown, and she finds a new group of friends.

Stacey enjoys hanging out with Jacqui, Sheila, and the other girls. They're serious shoppers, and they're really into music. These girls are fun. A little wild even. But Stacey's not sure how much she can trust them...until it is too late.

Summary[]

Stacey has left the Babysitters Club and becomes friends with a group of girls (Heather Epstein, Jacqui Grant, Sheila MacGregor, and Mia Pappas). However, when the group attends a concert, the girls begin to do bad things, causing Stacey to get in trouble and appreciate her friends. Before the concert, the girls were using Stacey's employee discount at a store in the mall to buy things then returning them for full price. At the concert, the girls bring in wine but get caught. They pretty much blame it on Stacey but luckily she had diabetes (yes, luckily) and she wasn't getting sick, so she couldn't have drunk the wine (which has sugar in it). Maureen, Stacey's mother, grounds her for three days. Afterwards, she has no friends and decides to return to the BSC, and she becomes a member again.

Subplot[]

Sharon’s cousins go to Europe, and Mary Anne and Dawn are stuck baby-sitting their daughter Amy.

Characters[]

Stacey's Family

BSC Members

Kids

Teenagers

Adults

  • Ms. Blair - worker at Bellair's
  • Melissa - person who advertised for a dog walker
  • Unnamed modeling agents
  • Mrs. Grossman - Bellair's kid center supervisor
  • Mrs. Hatter - mother who drops her child off at the kids center
  • Mrs. Ballmer - Bellair's employee that works in accessories
  • Ms. Breen - security at the concert
  • Mrs. & Mr. Pappas - Mia's parents (mentioned)
  • Mrs. MacGregor - Sheila's mother
  • .
  • Sandy Frederickson - woman who drops her child off at the kids center
  • Betsy Winslow - Sunny's mother (mentioned)

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • The Beatles
  • Life Magazine
  • Freckle Juice, Esio Trot, The Lorax, The Runaway Bunny (books)
  • Pictionary Junior, Monopoly Junior, Candy Land (games)
  • Dracula

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • Stacey eats breakfast twice in the same morning on page 6 and on page 9.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader:

In Stacey and the Bad Girls, Stacey and her friends get into big trouble when they go to a concert. I never went to a concert when I was Stacey's age. Instead, I went to my first concert when I was a junior in high school—almost seventeen years old. I went to hear a local group called Bop Shoo Bop that played 1950s doo-wop music. This was the early 1970s, when the TV show Happy Days was popular. My friend Beth was old enough to drive, so she drove us and a group of friends. Our parents knew what we were doing, of course, and nothing like what happened to Stacey happened to us at the concert. We just wanted to enjoy the music and have a good time. And that's what we did. I've been to a number of concerts since then, but that one will always be memorable.

Trivia[]

  • The working title of this book was simply "Stacey" [1]
  • Stacey's on probation in the BSC by the end of the book.
  • Dawn finds out Sunny's mom has lung cancer, which eventually gives Dawn the incentive to leave Stoneybrook in the next book Farewell, Dawn.
  • Stacey's mom used to call herself Paula in honor of Paul McCartney.
  • Sharon's cousin didn't get along with Mr. Schafer.
  • Andi Gentile is gone on a family vacation throughout the book.
  • Stacey mentioned that she had tennis lessons in Central Park before.
  • Robert is painting houses this summer.
  • On page 35 Maureen tells Stacey to get a job even though its illegal to get a job in the state of Connecticut under the age of 15. Although she could mean odd jobs or baby-sitting.
  • There's an old BSC flier on the supermarket's bulletin board.
  • Stacey is said to look like her mother.
  • Mrs. Winslow started smoking when she was thirteen.
  • There's an allusion to The Hunchback of Notre Dame on page 101.
  • The warm up band for U4Me was called Third Rail.
  • Stacey officially rejoins the BSC.
  • In chapter 5, Sharon picks up the Porters and drives them to her house. She rings the doorbell. Sharon should have a key to her own house, but given her absent-minded nature it's entirely possible she forgot it.
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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