Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout

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Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout
Author Ellen Miles
Series Regular
Date Published October 1996
Number in Series 101

Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout is the 101st book in the Baby-sitters Club series.


Plot synopsis

Main plot

Claudia is forced to return to seventh grade. When getting a tutor, Rosa, is not enough to bring her grades up enough to a pass, Claudia must repeat to relearn the basics. Claudia struggles with leaving her friends behind, and not being allowed to attend the eighth grade Halloween dance. Eventually, Claudia realises she is understanding the concepts being taught, and even gets a 96% on a math test.

Secondary plot

Claudia gets accepted into a master class for "accomplished amateur artists" with Serena McKay at the Stoneybrook Community College. She is the youngest person in the class, and ends up winning the award in the art exhibit at the end of the course.

Jackie Rodowsky is recovering from a bicycle accident in hospital. Kristy comes up with the idea of Hospital Buddies, where babysitting charges write letters to children in the hospital. The day after Halloween they throw a party for the kids in the hospital and share their Halloween candy.

Other plot information

Clients in this book

Other characters

Places in this book

Stoneybrook Community College

Things in this book

Notable fashion

Claudia wears: moss-green Gap jeans, a rust coloured cardigan, Mary-Janes and a moss-green scrunchie.

Halloween costumes:

  • Stacey: Flapper
  • Abby: Soccer Player
  • Jessi: Sugarplum Fairy
  • Mary Anne: Little Red Riding Hood
  • Kristy: The Wolf
  • Claudia: Scarecrow (after planning a punk costume)


The Baby-sitters Club
Preceded by
Kristy's Worst Idea

Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout Followed by
Mary Anne and the Little Princess
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