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Dawn and the Impossible Three (An Apple…

Dawn and the Impossible Three (An Apple Paperback)

by Ann M. Martin

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Title:Dawn and the Impossible Three (An Apple Paperback)
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Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-Sitters Club #5) by Ann M. Martin



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  SteppLibrary | Aug 23, 2017 |
GL: 4.7
Lexile: 650L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 3, 2016 |
I loved this series in middle school. I think there were always a couple I missed here and there, but at some point I read most of the series.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This was actually okay until the end which was so unbelievable and poorly written it's a wonder I finished the book completely. The silver lining is that the very end (the photo) is quite sweet so I'm glad I got to read that. I like Dawn a lot and reading about her was interesting but she babysits for the exact same kids throughout the book which ended up being tedious and redundant. Not a favourite.
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  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
The fifth book and the fifth babysitter, this time Dawn Schafer, the newest member of the Babysitters Club. Like Stacey, she is new to Stoneybrooke and values the club not only for the jobs it provides, but also the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. Since this is her first point-of-view book in the series, we learn a lot about Dawn's personality: she misses California and the sunny weather, she loves healthy food, she is undecided about boys (are they gross or fascinating?), and dresses casually. She is a clean and organized person, unlike her mother, who takes absent mindedness to a whole new level. This contrast actually becomes a major part of the plot of the novel, as Dawn meets another mother who is even more scattered than her own.

Mrs. Barrett is recently divorced, just moved to the neighborhood, and looking for a new job. She hires Dawn from the club, and Dawn immediately hits it off with the children. She can sympathize with them, because their mom reminds her of her own. However, when she gets to the house for the first time, she realizes that Mrs. Barrett is far more disorganized and distracted than her own mother. The house is a complete wreck, every room, and the kids are dirty and running wild. When their mom comes down the stairs, she looks elegant and beautiful, the only put-together thing in the house. Dawn rallies herself, and channels all of the kids' energies into cleaning the house and playing games, and when Mrs. Barrett returns, she is astonished to find happy and quiet kids and a clean house.

Once might not have been so bad, but every time Dawn returns, it's the same story: dirty house, dirty kids, complete chaos. Dawn is more than a little annoyed, especially since she is taking jobs at the Barrett house three or four times a week, and still the mess reasserts itself every time she leaves. On top of everything, Mrs. Barrett has a very unhappy relationship with her ex-husband, and instructs Dawn to never let the children speak with him when he calls. The situation quickly escalates out of control, and Dawn must figure out what really is best for the Barrett kids and their mom, which is not necessarily what they want.

I enjoyed this story. It examined issues that would be very difficult for a preteen to handle, such as confronting an adult who is not taking responsibility and placing too much on the child's shoulders, and showed how the child can successfully deal with such problems. It also addressed the scary subject of child abduction, but thankfully settled the matter with an easy happy ending. The stakes were a little higher in this novel than in some of the previous entries in the series. Also, it was fun getting to know another member of the club, even though Mary Anne remains my favorite. The series continues to be a great nostalgic reread. ( )
  nmhale | Aug 3, 2012 |
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[From back cover]:  Dawn's the newest member of the Baby-sitters Club and everybody's glad - except Kristy.  Kristy thinks things were better without Dawn around.  That's why Dawn's eager to take on a big baby-sitting job.  It's her chance to show Kristy what she's made of.  What a mistake!  Taking care of the three Barrett kids is too much for any baby-sitter.  The house is in chaos, the kids are impossible, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she promises.  Dawn's got more trouble than she bargained for.  But she's not going to give up until all four Barretts are under control and she's friends with Kristy.  Or whichever comes first!
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As a new member of the Baby-sitters Club, Dawn tries to win the acceptance of the club's president by tackling a tough babysitting job.

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