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Stacey vs. the BSC is the 83rd book in The Baby-Sitters Club series.

Back Cover Summary[]

The Baby-sitters Club. They're the best friends Stacey's ever had. But lately, they seem kind of immature to her. Especially compared with her boyfriend Robert and his friends. In fact, except for Claudia, Stacey's feeling a little embarrassed by the BSC these days.

But the club isn't exactly happy with Stacey, either. As she spends more and more time with Robert, Stacey's neglecting the BSC. She even fouls up on a sitting job — and breaks a promise to Charlotte Johanssen.

Does Stacey still belong in the BSC?


Things with Stacey and the Babysitters Club haven't exactly been fantastic lately. She's been spending so much time with Robert that she's coming late to meetings and (as we saw in the last book) getting substitutes for her sitting jobs. She's also noticing things about the other Babysitters Club members and their behavior that she doesn't exactly like. They're starting to seem awfully silly and immature, especially when compared to Robert's friends.

One night, Stacey gets Mary Anne to substitute for her at the Pikes' so she can go out for pizza with Robert and his crew. Who should show up there, hiding behind a juke box and spying, but with Dawn, Stacey is totally embarrassed...and a little scared. She has no idea how the Babysitters Club is going to react when Dawn tells them that it was no emergency that kept her from her sitting job.

At the next Babysitters Club meeting, things are a little tense. Kristy is especially unhappy with Stacey, but Claudia smooths things over with snacks. Stacey keeps noticing all the silly, immature little things the Babysitters Club does, though. She doesn't want to be a snob, but she's getting more and more annoyed with her supposed best friends. She runs into Kristy, Mary Anne, and Dawn when she's out at Burger Town with Robert and his friends, and she can't stop wishing they would just act their age.

The other Babysitters Club members aren't the only ones who are screwing up, though. Stacey herself is letting Robert and her new friends get in the way of her Babysitters Club duties more and more. During a sitting job with Jamie Newton, Stacey ignores Jamie to talk on the phone to Robert, until Jamie throws up all over everything and Stacey finally understands why he was so whiny all evening. She feels bad about it, but the Newtons are pretty nice about the whole thing. Mrs. Newton does call the Babysitters Club and ask them to limit phone calls to emergencies, leading to another Kristy lecture.

Things kind of come to a head not long after that. Stacey and Robert had been planning a party at his house for their friends, and the only Babysitters Club member that Stacey had invited was Claudia. Just before the party, though, Robert calls Stacey and tells her that they can't have it at his house. They decide to have it at the McGills' instead, leading to a dilemma for Stacey. It wasn't that big of a deal that the Babysitters Club wasn't invited when it was at Robert's; after all, it was more his party then and he doesn't really know the club members all that well. Now that it's at Stacey's, she almost feels as if she has to invite her Babysitters Club friends. She doesn't (other than Claudia), and Dawn and Mary Anne show up in the middle of it. Stacey invites them in, but they know they're not really welcome and leave.

Things blow up at the next club meeting. Not only do the other sitters feel stupid for not being invited to Stacey's party, which the whole school knew about, but Stacey also forgot to show up to the Babysitters Club talent show. Charlotte, who was planning on playing the piano, was so upset that Stacey broke her promise to be there that she ran off stage without performing. There's lots of yelling, and Kristy fires Stacey as she quits the Babysitters Club.


The Babysitters Club hosts a talent show at the Pike's house.


Stacey's Family

BSC Members





Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Goodyear Blimp
  • Jason Priestly
  • Gone with the Wind, Good-Bye Mr. Chips, Lassie Come Home, The Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin (movies)
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Barney
  • Mozart
  • Nanook of the North
  • Knights of the Round Table
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • In the Night Kitchen
  • Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat, Yogi Bear, and Mickey Mouse (cartoons)
  • A Whole New World

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]


  • Stacey's dislike of seeing people get sick is consistent.
  • Stacey recalls the events of Stacey's Lie.
  • Mrs. McGill is a nervous driver which is first brought up in Snowbound.
  • Stacey recalls the events of Mary Anne's Makeover.


  • In the last chapter Stacey says it's a Monday when she's helping decorate Alex's new bedroom, then she takes off for Charlotte's recital and says, "I turned to see an old mahogany grandfather clock. Its hands pointed to five-thirty. Five-thirty on a Friday evening."

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

Stacey vs. the BSC brings about a big change for the Baby-sitters Club. Stacey is the first BSC member ever to be fired by Kristy. When I was thinking about the series and what was happening to each of the characters, it seemed logical to me that one of the BSC members might lose interest in the club. And Stacey seemed the most likely person.

Changes in friendships can be difficult. People come and go in our lives all the time. I don't even know where a lot of the kids I went to elementary school with are now, but I've made lots of friends as an adult. Luckily for me, though, I have had one close friend for almost all my life. Beth MeKeever Perkins and I have been friends since we were in preschool—just like Kristy and Mary Anne. That means that Beth and I have been friends for nearly forty years. Of course we had our share of fights, but we always managed to work things out. Some friendships are made to last, so who knows what will happen to Stacey and Claudia.


  • Charlotte plays the piano in this book and she picked up the guitar in Keep Out, Claudia!.
  • Stacey carries the dues envelope with her.
  • Sometimes Mary Anne sits with Logan and his friends at lunch.
  • Stacey calls Bart Kristy's boyfriend.
  • Stacey is late to BSC meetings.
  • Stacey carries the treasury to and from the meetings.
  • It's said that Dawn doesn't eat red meat and sugar, meaning she will still eat pork and chicken.
  • When Stacey feels sad about being an only child she thinks about Mallory.
  • Stacey thinks Mozart had bad hair.
  • Stacey has a pimple she's been covering up.
  • Dawn followed Stacey to Pizza Express to see if she was with Robert.
  • The last time someone spied on Stacey she was seven years old and hid behind a bush.
  • Alex loves New York, and often stays with an aunt who lives in Stacey's old neighborhood. Andi had had a career as a baby model, and her parents put away a college fund out of her earnings.
  • Stacey starts to outgrow the BSC.
  • Maureen gets an exercise machine.
  • Mary Anne sits with Logan at lunch sometimes.
  • Logan goes to a BSC meeting in chapter 11.
  • Stacey thinks Mallory is meek.
  • Stacey quits the BSC and Kristy fires her in the last chapter.


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
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)