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The Fire at Mary Anne's House is the 131st and last book of The Baby-Sitters Club series. The Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever series immediately follows this book with the novel Everything Changes.

Back Cover Summary[]

When Mary Anne is woken up in the middle of the night by her cat, Tigger, she immediately knows something's wrong. Then she smells the smoke…and hears her father yelling her name. Mary Anne's house is on fire—and she makes it out right before everything burns down.

Now Mary Anne doesn't know what to do. All of her possessions are…gone. Her house is…destroyed. Will Mary Anne be able to get her old life back? Will her family move away from Stoneybrook…for good?

Main Plot[]

In the middle of the night, Tigger wakes Mary Anne up. At first, she can't figure out why. Then she hears the smoke alarms, and her dad yelling for her. Their house is on fire! The place is totally filled with smoke, but everyone (including Tigger) makes it outside safely. Sharon managed to grab the cordless phone on her way out, and she's already called for help. The firefighters get there quickly, Pat and Eric escort the family out of the house, but all the family can do is watch their house and everything in it go up in flames. Eric, Pat, and Mike (the firefighters) unfortunately confirmed that the fire was an electrical fire.

Pretty soon, the neighbors start arriving including clients like Madeleine Prezzioso and the Baby-Sitters Club (even Logan Bruno). Stacey tries to get Mary Anne to go home with her so she doesn't have to stand there watching the fire, but Mary Anne doesn't want to leave. She's sort of frozen in place, and she can't cry. Eventually, Sharon starts making calls to everyone who needs to know about the fire. Many of them want to talk to Mary Anne, but she refuses until Dawn is the one asking. She'll be heading to Connecticut as soon as possible to be with the family.

Eventually, the Thomas' and Brewers show up with an invitation to stay at their house until other arrangements can be made. Richard, Sharon, and Mary Anne accept, and Mary Anne heads there for some rest while Richard and Sharon start searching through the rubble for anything salvageable. After her nap, Mary Anne heads back where her house used to be. They've managed to find a few things, including Sharon's wedding ring, but most of their stuff is gone. Mary Anne still can't cry, though...even when Dawn finally arrives and is crying herself.

Meanwhile, Jessi and Abby were sitting for the Pike children since Mallory's at boarding school. The children really want to go to the fire department to learn more about how the fire was put out. The firefighters, Eric, Pat, and Mike show them about how to put out a fire, and show them their dalmatian, Sparky. Adam says that there is a fire prevention day at local schools. He also mentions that they'll light an old car on fire on the recreation field. They welcome visitors anytime and give tours. Mike is the one that gives the tour.

Things at the Thomas-Brewer house are a little overwhelming for the Spiers and Schafers. They even have to resort to sneaking out to the kids' playhouse in the backyard in order to have a family meeting about what to do next. Richard wants them to see the fire as an opportunity to start a new life. In fact, he wants them to start a new life in Philadelphia. He's been offered a great job there, and Sharon wants to go back to school. She'd have her pick of schools in Philly. Mary Anne is in shock; she's lived in Stoneybrook all her life, and she doesn't particularly want to leave.

One night, Mary Anne wakes up and can't get back to sleep. She sneaks out of the Thomas-Brewer mansion, borrows Kristy's bike, and rides over to where her house was. She goes into the barn, which is where they've been storing everything that might be able to be saved. Mary Anne starts to feel really, really alone, and that's when she finally starts crying about everything. Dawn finds her, and they have a nice cry together. Mary Anne cries about everything in Stoneybrook that she doesn't want to leave behind, but finally she calms down, hoping that she will have a brand new life. Dawn has to go back to California soon, and she makes Mary Anne promise to voice her opinion about moving away to their parents.


The BSC enters themselves in a nation wide babysitter of the year contest hosted by Teenzine Magazine. Whoever wins gets a big prize money. Babysitting clients went around and got testimonies from each other to submit as per the contest rules. When the BSC doesn't submit the entry on time because of the fire, the clients do it for them. However, the winner was never announced.

Characters in this book[]

Mary Anne's Family

BSC Members




Places in this Book[]

  • Spier/Schafer House
  • Kishi House
  • Johanssen House
  • Brewer/Thomas House
  • Stoneybrook Fire Station
  • Pike House
  • Rodowsky House
  • Stoneybrook Academy (mentioned)

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • My Side of the Mountain (book),
  • Titanic
  • Roman Holiday
  • Jingle Bells

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Charlotte is now nine years old instead of eight.
  • Mary Anne usually hates to cook but she has a spaghetti recipe.
  • Mary Anne calls Karen's rat cute, despite being afraid of her in previous books. But she could’ve gotten over her fear.
  • In Chapter 9 Jessi and Abby take the Pike kids to the fire station so the firefighters can give them a tour of it. It's written as if they've never been there before. But the Pike kids went on a tour of the fire station just ten books ago in Abby in Wonderland.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

If you have just finished reading this book, then you know about the big change in Mary Anne Spier’s life that may be one of the biggest crises any of the BSC members has ever faced. Mary Anne doesn’t know where her family is going to live, or even if they’re going to stay in Stoneybrook. Her life is going to change…and so is the Baby-sitters Club.

Next month will mark the start of the BSC Friends Forever series. The BSC is going to get a whole new look—and a lot of big things are going to happen. I don’t want to give away any of the surprises, so keep an eye out for the BSC Friends Forever Special: Everything Changes, followed by BSC Friends Forever #1: Kristy's Big News. I’m very excited about the new changes and hope you will be too!


  • Sharon's great great grandfather came from Ireland and she lost a portrait of him in the fire.
  • Sometime Mary Anne thinks about what life was like living in her house back when it was first built.
  • This book has a lot of callbacks to previous books.
  • Tigger likes to have his head rubbed in the morning.
  • Mary Anne isn't sure what color yellow she wants to paint her room.
  • Logan sleeps in until eleven in the summer.
  • Mrs. Prezzioso looks good in purple.
  • Stacey was the first BSC member to be at the house.
  • After the fire happened the first calls were made to the insurance company, Pop-Pop Porter and Granny Porter, then Verna Baker, then finally Dawn and Jeff in California.
  • The fire department has a pet Dalmatian named Sparky.
  • Kristy acts briefly like Mary Anne when trying to comfort her.
  • Mary Anne has been writing in a journal for as long as she could remember. She also saves her mail.
  • Mary Anne had a stuffed pig that she had named Elmer.
  • Abby donated clothes to Mary Anne.
  • Sharon doesn't like rats
  • Sharon is considering a career change and being an interior designer or architect.
  • The clients put together the presentation for the best baby-sitter contest.
  • Matt Braddock is great with a computer.
  • Mary Anne knows her town like the back of her hand.
  • The Hobarts, Newtons, and the Kuhns are all mentioned but never seen.
  • Mallory didn’t contact Mary Anne at all after the fire.
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)