Jessi has decided to help with her little sister's favorite after school club when one of the advisors needs to take some time off. While there Jessi meets a young girl, Danielle, who has leukemia. Jessi is able to help her sister and friends learn to confront their fears about Danielle's illness. Jessi also manages to help Danielle fulfill a cherished dream.
Jessi's actions inspire the other members of the club to take on some volunteer projects as well. Kristy chooses to work at a daycare center, Claudia helps out with art classes, Stacey counsels children with diabetes, Dawn works with physically disabled children, while Mary Ann decides to spend time with a brain damaged boy and Mallory volunteers to help out at an after school park program.
This is the 48th installment in the popular BABYSITTERS CLUB series. This series is written at the fourth grade reading level and appeals to 3rd to 5th grade girls. The members of the club all appear in each book but each book spotlights one girl in particular, in this case Jessi Ramsey. The series has several on going story arcs that continue throughout although each book can be read and enjoyed on it's own or out of order. The stories reflect problems that young readers can identify with and are handled in a sensitive and realistic manner. The characters are well drawn and consistent throughout the series.