This tween chick-lit book is the first in "The Baby-Sitters Club" series by Ann M. Martin and is published by Scholastic Inc.
Kristy's Great Idea is written for kids ages 9 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Kristy feels compelled to say what's on her mind at all times, and she confronts Stacey at a club meeting about a lie told by Stacey’s mother regarding Stacey's whereabouts. Stacey shares how her parents have been keeping her recent diabetes diagnosis a secret to those outside the family. The girls resolve their issues with one another, and Kristy hopes that the baby-sitters club will stay together for a long time.
Kristy's mother is firm yet loving with her children. She doesn't tolerate Kristy's rude behavior toward Watson; however, she understands that her divorce and possible remarriage are difficult for them. Kristy's father has not had any contact with his children in over a year. Mary Anne's father has set extensive rules for Mary Anne (such as what she can wear, how she can spend her baby-sitting money, etc.), and she is often frustrated because she is not allowed to do some of the things her friends can with their time and money. When Claudia's parents discover she is performing poorly in school, they quickly establish a homework hour to help her better balance her time between schoolwork and her other interests. They also refuse to let her wear make-up to school.
Watson's 5-year-old daughter, Karen, believes their neighbor is a witch and that their cat is under the neighbor's spell.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
Kristy's mother and Watson consume alcohol with a meal.
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