A couple of months ago I posted about the Baby-sitters Club prequel, and it was so much fun to read the comments. (“Oh my gosh, YES, I am excited,” wrote one reader. Another confessed to owning 100+ BSC books.)

Well, now I am happy to say (brag) that I spoke with Ann M. Martin herself on Tuesday. The BSC prequel, The Summer Before, will be available in stores two weeks from today, and on that date my interview will also be posted on BookPage.com.

Until then, I’ll tease you with a few tidbits:

  • Ann M. Martin is most like Mary Anne, although her favorite babysitter is Kristy (who is based on her best friend).

  • There could be a reunion special in the future. Possibly. If The Summer Before sells well and Martin/Scholastic are eager to publish another book. These days, Claudia, Stacy and the gang would be in their mid-30s—and Martin thinks they would still be friends, although scattered across the country.

  • Martin loves hearing from fans. She said: “It’s really gratifying for me now to hear from adult fans who read the books when they were kids, who have now grown up to be writers themselves, to become editors, teachers, librarians. I think that’s fabulous.” (So she should read this blog, huh?)

And just for fun, here’s an excerpt from The Summer Before, just to get you back in a Stoneybrook frame of mind…
The Baby-sitters Club. I’m proud to say it was totally my idea, even though the four of us worked it out together. “Us” is Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and me—Kristy Thomas. But that was at the beginning of seventh grade, after the summer in which my friendship with Claudia nearly fell apart, Mary Anne began to find out who she was, Claudia experienced her first love, and an unhappy girl left New York City and moved to our town. It was quite a summer.

Stay tuned for more—and click here to browse some of Martin’s post-BSC books.

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