When I was younger, I would spend endless hours reading my Baby-Sitters Club books. Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey were not fictional characters in a book to me -- they were my friends. I could related to Kristy's big family, Mary Anne's shyness, Claudia's artistic side, and Stacey's love of shopping. As those girls grew up and dealt with teenage drama, so did I.
I may be "too old" to read the BSC books now, but that didn't stop me from squealing and awwing when I heard that author Ann M. Martin was releasing a prequel to the series called The Summer Before. Actually, I'm gonna be honest -- I ran out, got myself a copy of the book and read it cover-to-cover... and I loved every page of it. The Summer Before takes us back to before Kristy, Mary Ann, Claudia, and Stacey formed the club and how it all happened.
And I got a special treat for you, my J-14ers -- Ms. Martin recorded a special video of her reading the beginning of the book just for you! Watch it here:
The Summer Before is out now! J-14 has five copies signed by Ann M. Martin to giveaway in our April issue, on stands now. Click here to enter.
Do you read The Baby-Sitters Club books? Are you excited about The Summer Before?
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