Unlike Claudia and Dawn, Stacey's never been much for mysteries and ghost stories. But when she and Charlotte Johanssen hear terrible noises coming out of the old Hennessey place, Stacey thinks the Baby-sitters definitely have a mystery on their hands.
Mallory claims the house once made her have a horrible nightmare. And Kristy discovers that it was built on top of a graveyard!
Does Stoneybrook have a real, live haunted house? The Baby-sitters are going to find out—no matter how scary it maybe be!
Book number 35 was originally supposed to be called Stacey and the New Kids on the Block and have a plot revolving around foster children. Around the time #32-34 were being published, #35 was advertised as having that name. However, the title and plot line changed due to potential confusion over the boy band of the same name, which had become very popular in the time from the planning of the book to the publication. The plot about foster children was also changed to a later book, #62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever. Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter published in the reprint edition of book #62 discusses this change.
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
I have loved scary stories ever since I was little. I always headed straight for the mystery section of our library, and each summer I read mystery after mystery. I especially liked the scary Nancy Drew titles, and I wanted to solve a mystery myself. Unfortunately, I never stumbled upon a mystery to solve like Stacey in Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook.
Even now I like to read scary books and see scary movies. Sometimes I look away when the movie gets really scary, but I still love it. I live in a very old house out in the country, and people always ask me if it’s haunted. I haven’t seen a ghost yet, but I’m always on the lookout.
1990 original cover
1990 original back cover
1996 reprint cover
An ad from the Sleepover Friends Kate's Surprise with Stacey and the New Kids on the Block title.