A shadow lurks in the wings while Jessi Ramsey dances for her life on stage... Jack and Tanner receive a mysterious smuggled message from an unexpected source... And the baby-sitters have a pet show! Really just a stunning amount of content in this book. Enough to make you wonder whether some nefarious entity behind the scenes might just be pushing Ann M. Martin a little bit too hard.
“Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta,” by Bela Bartok
Ho Ho Ho! And welcome to a very special holidays episode of the Baby-Sitters Club Club. Ole’ Saint Ann squeezed down the chimney to give Baby Nation the gift of the Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa book, which Jack and Tanner read and discuss this week, just in time for Christmas. Then the boys find some holiday joy in their hearts and give some Secret Santa gifts to one another as well! In fact, Jack WANDERS right into Tanner’s trap when he gets his very special gift on this bonus episode.
Thanks, as always, to original baby boy Scott Lamb for the intro music!
Love is dead, and Mary-Anne and Logan are the two who killed it. That’s right baby nation, your second-favorite duo is no more (your first-favorite being Jack and Tanner, of course)and a new life is coming to Stoneybrook, which means an old life must be extinguished. Nice knowing you, Stacey! Also, Saint Martin blesses us with a new rule mechanic for Wandering Frog People that should make the game a little more exciting in the coming weeks.
Claudia Kishi may or may not have cheated on a test, but that's not the only crime against humanity we're experiencing this week! Tanner learned a "fun" new kind of Pig-Latin from the Pike children, and Jack literally can. not. shut. up. about what "Theory of Justice" Ann M. Martin subscribes to, so both of these boys are up before the court right alongside cheatin' Claudia, asking that you find it in your deep and expansive hearts to forgive them.
Deep inside Stoneybrook Middle School is a waypoint, a marker in time from which a thousand timelines diverge, like ripples in a stream. It's where the dance is: The still point of the turning world. The dance in this case is the Halloween Hop, and the ripple in time that we're focused on this week is a ripple in which someone sent Kristy fingernail clippings in the mail, which I guess is what amounts to romance these days. Anyway, Kristy has a mystery admirer, and it's creepier than that sounds.
Tanner checks in with Jack all the way from Paris to talk about Dawn's latest escapade with a gross older man named Travis. It's a Dawn book, so there are some inevitable religious undertones to deal with, but the main issue is the creepiness of Dawn and Travis's relationship, a topic that is treated with all the gravity that Tanner's atrocious French accent can muster.
Are all of us simply “the sat,” whose collective will is bent and shaped by the whims of some grand, cosmic Sitter, or do we shape our own destinies? Do we exist in some liminal state between the two, all of us both Sitter and Sat? Perhaps each of us is just living out a different manifestation of one of Jackie Rodowsky’s multitudinous lives? Find out the answers to all these questions on this week’s Baby-Sitter’s Club Club.
"Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15 - XII. Child Falling Asleep” by Robert Schumann - Performed by Donald Betts
"Very Low Note” by Kevin MacLeod
"Damn Daniel! [Trap Remix]” by Dennibro
Pack up your sleeping bags and your bug spray because Jack and Tanner (and special guest Natalie) are going to summer camp! They're joined by the usual cast of characters – among them, an uncharacteristically amorous Mary Anne, a typically nefarious Logan Bruno, and an especially tragic Jackie Rodowsky – and everyone's excited to swim in the lake, sing camp songs, and help Claudia negotiate the infinite sadness of a tragically doomed love affair. A little bit extra this week, Baby Nation, because it's a gosh darn Super Special. Super Special #2 - Baby-Sitters Summer Vacation.
Happy Halloween, Baby Nation! Have we got a thematically appropriate episode for you this week! With the help of the Baby-Sitter's Club, Stacey discovers that Stoneybrook is build on an ancient burial ground, which is somehow the LEAST strange thing to happen in this book. Oh! Also, you all have a tough decision to make this week, Baby Nation: BURN or BEES.
What should have been a nice, relaxing vacation to Sea City, New Jersey, turns into a catastrophe due to an unwieldy number of boys gumming up the works. Stacey gets straight-up dumped by local "nice guy" Toby (no known last name), Jackie Rodowsky faces his most desperate mission yet, and Mary Anne cries her way through another low-level crisis. Known boys, Tanner Greenring and Jack Shepherd, try their very best to unpack it all for you in BSCC #35, Mary Anne and Too Many Boys.
And it came to pass that Dawn and Mary Anne didn't enjoy sharing a bedroom as much as they thought they would. And Dawn in her righteousness did take the socks of Mr. Spier and pair them in such a way that they might be odd. And Jack and Tanner did look upon what Dawn had wrought, and they did pronounce it the sickest of burns. Also, things get kind of spooky, so maybe listen to this one with the lights on. Why the hell were you listening in the dark anyway?
To quote the Spice Girls, "Come a little bit closer baby, get it on, get it on. 'Cause tonight is the night when two become one." That's right, he went to her. And Jack and Tanner went to one another this week to discuss "Mary Anne and the Great Romance." Tons going on in Stoneybrook this week including twins continuing to be terrible, something used, something borrowed, something blue, and the wedding we've been waiting 25 books for.
Listen to two ghostly voices, trapped in amber, echoing out from the murky abyss that is the Baby-Sitters Club Club podcast. This week Mallory finds a diary, talks to a ghost, and teaches a young boy to read. Also this week, Jack and Tanner become U.S. citizens, burn their faces off, and confront Princeton’s own Ann M. Martin about her whereabouts on the evening of June 10, 1958.
“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by U.S. Army Band
“Amazing Grace Jig” by Dave DelaGardelle
"When Memories Break” by Smokey Viewer
“Intense Horror Whispering Music” by Mattia Cupelli
“Break Away” by Foria
Guess who's back (Stacey's back). And there's not a whole lot we can do about it. Did Mimi have to die to make this happen? Does this mean that our beloved Mr. Spier is going to fall under the siren spell of Stacey's mom? Is it nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Stoneybrook? Or is the best course of action to take arms against Mr. McGill, and by opposing, end him? Also, what the heck happened to those French Witch hunters? This episode is dedicated to the memory of our bravest little explorer, Jackie Rodowsky, (17 March 1880 – 17 March 1912).
Think of Stoneybrook (if you don't already) as a lovely, welcoming bird's nest. Now imagine that a wicked cuckoo has passed its boundaries and laid a great big vile, impostor cuckoo's egg right inside that sacred nest. That's literally (LITERALLY) what happens this week when an entity called JOHN (aka The Superbrat) hatches inside our beautiful home and sets about destroying dear Jessi's life. Of course, if we'd only paid attention we would have known, because, as is ever the case in the Baby-Sitters Cycle, it was foretold.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today – Claudia, Janine, Mr. and Mrs. Kishi, the members of the Baby-Sitters Club, the Baby Nation, Jack, and Tanner – to say goodbye. To who (or what)? Well, we've got a lot of theories about that. You'll have to listen along and decide for yourself.
Everybody, in one way or another, is searching for a "Tigger" in their lives – for some people, the Tigger they are searching for is true love, for others, it's success, and for still others, it's a more inscrutable "meaning." In Mary Anne's case, it's her cat. Who went missing. We think Logan stole it.
The prophecy foretold of one that would unite the tribes. A being born of two worlds... of two clans, who would unite the people under her banner. Will this Mother's Day surprise fulfill the omen and seal the blood pact? Will the Seven become the One? Will Jackie Rodowsky ever find his way back to the present time? Find out this week when Jack and Tanner sit down to discuss "Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise."
“Upwards” by Jake R. Sanderson
"Kosmos Music Score" by Sarah Fogg & Simon Horrocks
“You Gotta Have Theremin and Ukulele” by SquidLord
"Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings” by Georg Friedrich Händel
“Air in F major, BWV Anh. 131” by Johann Sebastian Bach
“Chosen” by Ross Bugden
Dawn is forced to choose between the grey purgatory of Stoneybrook and the breathtaking paradise of California. Which is upsetting for Jack and Tanner because they frankly didn't realize they had a choice when they decided to spend every passing moment living, breathing, and dreaming about Stoneybrook. Besides, how can any of us think about leaving when we're still not sure whether Mr. Spier can get it together and tell Dawn's mom how he feels BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
It's CIVIL WAR, which means it's time to pick sides, Baby Nation. Are you yearning for change like the Jacks and Mary Annes of this world? Even if it leads to corruption and incompetence? Or are you looking for a strong leader like Tanner and Kristy are? Even if it means giving up some of your civil liberties? Or are you more of a Jessi, just trying to do your damn job while the club crumbles around you? Where do your allegiances lie?
"Cute" by Bensound (CC)
"Never Dying - Ambient Orchestral" by Scott Buckley (CC)
"Overture" by Lionheart (CC)
"You Gotta Have Theremin and Ukulele" by squidlord (CC)
"Phantom Sage" by Silence (feat. Byndy)
Come play with us! Mallory's babysitting twins this week and it promises to be a fun, wholesome time that's not rotted through with any sinister evil at all. Plus, the boys discuss the gory ritual of ear-piercing, the troubling spectre of new babysitters on the horizon, and the frankly insane ensemble Claudia put together for this installment. There's also a bit of bad news about Mark Markson, who's on an increasingly desperate hunt for a new job ...
Another very special bonus mini-episode for both the Baby Nation and the Baby Feudal States! Tanner and Jack sit down to discuss Baby-Sitters Little Sister #2: “Karen’s Roller Skates,” a book filled with babies, bees, Bone Doctors, and other stuff that starts with a “b.”