Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2015 by GRAPHIX (first published June 25th 2013)
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
With beautiful tones, bold drawings and a storyline that holds true to Ann M. Martin’s original (and very important!) storyline, this book is sure to be a hit with readers young and old.
Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends -- Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they're the BSC -- and they will deal with whatever's thrown their way... even if it's a rival baby-sitting club!
Raina Telgemeier, in the same signature style featured in Smile andSisters, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novel!
Telgemeier follows a similar formula to her adaptation of Kristy’s Big Idea, using storylines from Ann M. Martin’s original book to form the foundation for exploring Stacey McGill’s struggles with diabetes. However, Telgemeier also adds much-needed elements of her own to the story, including both modernizing the book for today’s young readers, and also further developing a nice, well-rounded look into Stacey’s personal life.
While there are many things to like about Telgemeier’s adaptation of one of the most classic of BSC books, it’s her storyboarding and drawing that really stood out to me. Through her carefully-plotted scenes and her illustration choices - including a warm palette choice, that made the storyline feel very accessible - Telgemeier is able to break down the diagnosis and handling of a chronic disease into something very digestible and understandable, for readers of any age.
We’re able to see Stacey’s initial struggles with the diagnosis, including the realization that her friends and family will no longer treat her the same. However, we also see how Stacey begins to take charge for herself, including advocating to have a more active role in her treatment, and to continue to be treated like a young adult. She also learns how to be open and candid with Kristy, Claudia and Mary Ann about the disease, including refusing to give into (inadvertent) peer pressure to eat junk food - a subtle but important lesson about standing up for yourself, that will resonate with younger readers.
Ultimately, the way that Raina tells Stacey’s story, is a strong reminder of why an appreciation for the Baby Sitter’s Club has continued to endure, generation after generation. It’s real-world stories about real girls, that help readers of all ages with the challenges of growing up.
Raina Telgemeier continues to proves that she absolutely gets just why the Baby-Sitter’s Club has been such a beloved series, generation after generation. Her warm, honest take on The Truth about Stacey not only recognizes the importance of the original storyline, but also makes it accessible and memorable for today’s reader.
I’ve said this before, but I hope that Scholastic continues to work with Raina to do graphic novels of all of the books in the series. There’s definitely an audience for these books, and I’m proud to count myself as one of them. Highly recommend for all readers, full stop.
About the authors:
Raina Telgemeier is the creator of SMILE, a #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor Book.
She is also the creator of DRAMA, a #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and the recipient of a Stonewall Book Award Honor. SISTERS, a companion to SMILE, was published in August 2014. Raina also adapted and illustrated the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. She lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.