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Welcome Back, Stacey! is the 28th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series.

Back Cover Summary[]

Stacey's parents have been fighting a lot lately. Even so, she's still not prepared for the terrible news: her parents are getting divorced.

Not only is Stacey sad and angry, but now she has a big decision to make: Stacey must either stay in New York with her father, or move out with her mother...to Stoneybrook.

Could Stacey really leave the city, her father, her best friend Laine, and all that great shopping? But then again, how could Stacey pass up going back to her old school, all the kids in Stoneybrook... and the members of the Baby-sitters Club?

Summary[]

The book starts with Stacey McGill living in New York while she is babysitting the Walkers, her favorite charges, in the city.

Later when she returns to the family apartment she hears her parents fighting about money, lately they have been fighting a lot about her mom's shopping and her dad being a workaholic and rarely ever being home to see the family. Crying she runs to Laine's apartment, and tells her about the fight between her parents thinking they are no longer in love with one another.

Later that night she finds out that her parents are getting a divorce, which makes her sad, and furious at them for divorcing.

A couple of weeks later, her mom decides to go back to Stoneybrook. Stacey goes back to Stoneybrook with her mom, rather than staying in New York with her dad.

Subplot[]

Characters[]

Stacey's Family

BSC Members

Kids

Teenagers

  • Laine Cummings
  • Caitlin, Keith, Shayla - students whose parents have divorced (mentioned)
  • Alan Gray (mentioned)
  • Bart Taylor (mentioned)
  • Allison and Jean - girls in Stacey and Laine's friend group

Adults

  • Mr. & Mrs. Walker
  • Isaac, James, and Lloyd - the Dakota's attendants
  • Mrs. Kaufman - Stacey's homeroom teacher
  • Judy - Homeless person who lives nears Stacey's apartment
  • Ms. Keller - real estate agent in Stoneybrook
  • Miss Antonio and Anita - workers at Gristede's
  • Dr. Johanssen
  • Mrs. Perkins (mentioned)
  • Mr. McGill
  • Ms. McGill

Locations[]

  • Walker apartment
  • McGill apartment
  • McGill House
  • Kishi House
  • Cummings Apartment
  • 4221 Rosedale
  • House on Burnt Hill Road
  • Gristede's - Grocery store the McGill's are getting boxes from
  • Johanssen House

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • I Love Lucy, Star Trek (TV shows)
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Dakota
  • The Snowy Day, The Owl and the Pussycat, Angus and the Ducks, Millions of Cats, Outside Over There (books)
  • Bloomingdale's
  • The Hard Rock Cafe
  • The New York Times
  • Annie
  • Campbell's Soup
  • Twinkies, Lifesavers

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • Dawn says she wishes Kristy would miss a meeting because she's dying to be president for a day, and Kristy says that'll never happen. But she missed a meeting in book 11 when Louie was very sick. Dawn was the alternate officer, so she would've taken over as president for that meeting.
  • Stacey says that she's never lived on the East Side of Manhattan. But in Stacey's Book, she moved from Greenwich Village to the Upper East Side when she was three.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

In Welcome Back, Stacey, Stacey has been away from Stoneybrook since book #13. During the time that she was away, I realized that she was a crucial member of the Baby-sitters Club, and I wanted to return her to Stoneybrook. Also during that time, I was beginning to receive more and more letters. Many of them were from readers whose parents were going through a divorce, just like Stacey’s. Some of them, like Stacey, were faced with difficult decisions. They said that they felt confused, and wished they could read a story about a favorite character who is in their position. And that was how the idea for Welcome Back, Stacey was born.

Trivia[]

  • A reprint is set to be released May 7, 2024.[1]
  • Maureen spent about 490 dollars in jewelry at Altmans which would be about $1,123.70 in 2022 using the original publishing date.
    • At Tiffany's she spent 1568 which would be $3,595.85 in 2022.
  • Ed refuses to commute to the city if he moved back to Stoneybrook.
  • Laine's parents hardly ever fight.
  • When she was younger, Stacey would bounce up and down in the elevator.
  • Stacey got a D on her English quiz.
  • Maureen and Ed have been fighting since they first moved to Stoneybrook.
    • They also have seen a marriage counselor.
  • Mr. McGill calls Stacey by her full name.
  • Stacey didn't really have many friends of her own in New York.
  • The first musical Stacey ever saw was Annie.
  • Claudia goes house hunting with Stacey and Maureen.
  • Donna and Stewart are mutual friends of Ed and Maureen.
  • Stacey has pictures that Grace and Henry made for her on the wall of her room in Connecticut.
  • The families mentioned in chapter 14 are: the Pikes, Karen and Andrew, David Michael, Becca Ramsey, the Perkins girls, Jamie Newton, Arnold Twins, and the Braddocks.
  • Stacey's parents set aside money so she could decorate her room however she wanted.
  • Stacey calls some of the kids at her old school in New York snobs.
  • Stacey gets placed into a high school level algebra class.

Gallery[]

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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