The Truth About Stacey

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The Truth About Stacey
Author Ann M. Martin
Series Regular
Tagline Stacey's different... and it's harder on her than anyone knows.
Number of Pages 167
Date Published 1986
Number in Series 3

The Truth About Stacey is the third book in the Baby-Sitters Club series.


Plot synopsis

Main Plot

The BSC members are working on a contingency plan for the birth of Mrs. Newton's baby when Claudia's sister, Janine, interrupts the meeting with an announcement about the new club in town - The Baby-sitter's Agency. Liz Lewis and Michelle Patterson are 8th graders at Stoneybrook Middle School, and can stay out later. They also have access to a lot more baby-sitters than the girls in the BSC do, including those of high school age. The BSC is concerned about competing with the Agency until it becomes evident that they are unreliable.

Secondary Plot

Stacey is having trouble with her parents. They want to take her to New York to visit a different doctor, one who specialises in holistic medicine. Stacey is tired of seeing different doctors because she knows that there is no diabetes cure, just diabetes management.

Stacey is also concerned about seeing her former best friend, Laine Cummings.

Other Plot Information

Jamie Newton has a new baby sister, Lucy. The BSC goes above and beyond, showing that they still like Jamie and helping him adjust to a new sister, new sitters, and all of the other changes. Through this, they also show that The Baby-Sitters Club may be younger than the Baby-Sitters Agency, but in some ways, they are more mature.

Also, Charlotte Johanssen is having trouble being accepted socially at school and in the end, she is skipped to the 3rd grade.

Clients in this book

Other characters

Places in this book

  • Polly's Fine Candy

Notable outfits


  • This is the longest of the original series books.
  • A graphic novel version of this book exists.
  • This book was translated in French by Héritages Jeunesse and was called "Le Problème de Sophie."
  • Was rereleased in June 2010 with a new cover and some minor changes to the text.
  • Kid-Kits are invented.

Pop culture references

Back cover

The Truth about Stacey is that she has diabetes. Nobody knows...except her friends in the Baby-sitters Club.

But even they don't know the real truth about Stacey. Stacey's parents are her bigger problem. They won't recognize what she's going through, leaving her feeling more alone then ever.

Stacey's not going to let her parents -- or her diabetes -- get in the way of her life. Especially now -- when the Baby-sitters Club needs her more than ever!

The Baby-sitters Club
Preceded by
Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls

The Truth About Stacey Followed by
Mary Anne Saves the Day
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