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The 50 Best ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Books, Ranked

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42. Keep Out Claudia (#56)

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It’s hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t want Claudia as a babysitter, but there’s a family who doesn’t. The other members find it weird when the family requests another sitter, so they send Jessi instead. It’s when they also don’t want Jessi to sit for them that the truth is revealed: the parents are racist. The series definitely didn’t shy away from difficult subject matter, and this book is proof. You wouldn’t expect racism to be an issue to tackle in 1992, but we know it’s still an issue in 2019. Surely, it started conversations about racism parents may not have had with their kids previously.

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