Thank you, Bri, for posting about the forthcoming prequel. When I read the news, I felt like I was seven years old again.
Read the official press release issued by Scholastic on December 31st, 2009.
Click here to see the cover for The Summer Before, as printed in the New York Times. I was hoping for cover art which matched the original style, like Robert Hunt, but I like this cover just fine. It's cute and colorful, and I'd rather see this than a photo or painting of the girls that didn't match what I had pictured.
Amazon provided this summary and additional details:
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.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (April 1, 2010)
Review: The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemier
Spotlight: Ann M. Martin and The Baby-Sitters Club
Bildungsroman Tag: BSC