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Welcome to the BSC, Abby! is the 90th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

As the newest member of the Baby-sitters Club, Abby Stevenson is going a million miles an hour. She has so many things to get used to — SMS, her friends in the BSC, and all those wild baby-sitting charges. Plus, Abby's worried her twin sister and mom aren't excited about living in Stoneybrook.

Abby thinks she has everything under control. But then she has an asthma attack while baby-sitting and must be rushed to the hospital. And now Kristy is starting to have her doubts about Abby.

Abby knows she's good enough for the Baby-sitters Club. Now all she has to do is prove it!

Main Plot[]

Kristy decides to hire Abby Stevenson for Dawn's replacement in the Baby-sitters club. She also tries to hire Abby's sister, Anna, but Anna said she is too busy with music.

Meanwhile, Abby has an asthma attack while babysitting. She has to go to the hospital leaving her charges with Kristy. At school the next day Kristy tries to talk to her about her asthma. Later Kristy forbids Abby from taking another job and begins reconsider Abby's membership.

She later signs her family to run a carnival booth. They sell cakes day 1 is fine but day 2 no one wants a cake. Earlier the twins find a box of their deceased dads stuff. They assume their mom forgot about it which quickly angers them. She then hear that the train her mom is on had a crash which panics her. Mom turns out to be okay. Anna, Abby, and their mom become closer.

Subplot[]

Characters[]

Abby's Family

BSC Members

Kids

Teenagers

  • Corely and Roxanne - Anna's friends from Long Island (mentioned)

Adults

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Aretha Franklin and her song R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • War and Peace
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Boston Marathon and former runners - Grete Weitz & Florence Joyner
  • I Love Lucy
  • Woodstock

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • The Arnold twins are described as both having the exact same bowl-cut hair on page 72. However, Marilyn is noted to have longer hair in previous and later books.
  • Abby played on a soccer team in Long Island although Anna said in the previous book Abby would never dream of playing on a team.
  • On page 109 the train changed from the 11:45 train to the 12:45 train in the next sentence.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

After Dawn returned to California, I was very happy to be able to create a new member of the Baby-sitters Club. The last new member I created was Jessi, and that was back in book number fourteen! There were so many things to decide – the character’s personality, where she came from, what her family was like. And I wanted a character who was different from the other girls in the Baby-sitters Club. Many readers had asked for a character who is a twin. Many others had asked for a character who is Jewish. So we took these and other things into consideration, and created Abby and Anna Stevenson, whom you have just read about in Abby’s very first book, Welcome to the BSC, Abby. And all you Dawn fans, take heart. Abby may be the new BSC member, but Dawn will always be a part of the Baby-sitters Club.

Trivia[]

  • In first drafts of this book Abby's placeholder name was Lucy and Anna's was Ethel.
  • Anna and Shannon become friends.
  • Mr. Major dresses up like a clown for kids in the hospital.
  • Abby's dad went to Woodstock.
  • Kristy cancels a club meeting because of a carnival.
  • Abby is a feminist
  • Abby thinks her dad would get along with Dawn.
  • There's a Stoneybrook Arts fund
  • Abby has an asthma attack while sitting for the Papadakis kids.
  • It's implied that Abby doesn't like school.
  • Logan comes to a meeting in this book.
  • Mrs. Stevenson and Anna don't want to participate in the arts fair until Abby pushed them.
  • Kristy calls Skylar Korman Skylark on page 53.
  • Elvira the goat is in this book.
  • Mrs. Stevenson has a cell phone.
  • The fair raised enough money for arts programs across Stoneybrook for a year.
  • This is the second time a BSC member had to go to the hospital as a patient on a job—the first time was when Claudia broke her right leg in Claudia and the Bad Joke.

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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