The Summer Before
By Ann M. Martin
(Scholastic, Hardcover, 9780545160933, 215pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four girls named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill. As they start the summer before seventh grade (also before they start the BSC), each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Kristy is still hung up on hoping that her father will return to her family. Mary Anne has to prove to her father that she's no longer a little girl who needs hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind...
...in order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
The Summer Before . . . is a sweet, moving novel about four girls on the edge of something big - not just the Club that will change their lives, but also all the joys and tribulations of being twelve and thirteen.
- Each of the girls, Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill, go through big changes over the summer. Pick one of the girls and describe her character in the beginning of the book and how she changed by the end.