Sunday, April 6, 2008

The end of an era

What happened to The Baby-Sitter's Club and Sweet Valley High? My little sister's seventh birthday and her growing interest in books has had me thinking back on all of the books I loved growing up. I know that both series had younger versions...The Baby-Sitter's Little Sister and Sweet Valley Kids, and I had planned to get the first boxed set of whichever I could find. Imagine my surpise when both seem to be unavailable. I've searched online, and today I went to the bookstore only to find that once familiar "Ann M. Martin" shelf displaying, not The Baby-Sitter's Club, but some series called Main Street instead. They didn't even have book #1! (You bet I would've bought it for myself if they had). Anyway, I'm sad. I read the BSC for years, and I remember catching up with her and anxiously waiting for her to publish another book. I can hardly believe that she discontinued the series or that it just isn't in print anymore, which seems to be the case since I can't find it available for purchase anywhere other than Ebay.

3 comments:

the driftwood collector said...

I was curious about this, since I remember reading some of these books. I checked barnes & noble's website, and they have the first book in the series as a graphic novel, apparently adapted from the original book. The availability of the books in non-graphic-novel form seems to vary, although there were some available through b&n and Amazon. Have you checked half.com?

Ami said...

I'm so saddened by this post because I LOVED both series. I was more of a Sweet Valley Girls/High reader than the Babysitter's Club, but read both often. I wonder if my mom still has mine in the attic... :)

Mandalynn said...

Ami-I know my mom has an extensive BSC collection somewhere...I probably had about 100 of the books! I'm need to have her search for them!