I think they wanted to create an older sitters/younger sitters dichotomy, with the younger ones having less privileges (probably so the readers could identify with them more). Having 7th graders would ruin that, since it would have seemed weirder for sitters to have significantly different privileges from someone who is only a year older or younger than them.
That being said, I would have liked mixing 7th graders in the group.
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Post by mallorypike on Jan 23, 2014 20:30:05 GMT -5
I would have liked seventh graders in the BSC also. But I have to agree with Celaeono, though about the sixth/eighth graders having privileges thing.
This reminds me of a scene in the Truth about Stacey when the BSC were advertising for new sitters. Stacey meets a sixth grader who wanted to join but she comments,"She was only in the sixth grade. Sigh." (or something like that...). I know they were looking for older kids but they had no idea that two sixth graders would be in their club. ;D
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The kids reading it would've been ten or eleven. I suspect they wanted to have main characters the (often younger) readers could relate to. Maybe they thought better of adding a new seventh-grade character because it would decrease the gulf between eleven and thirteen? Or they thought it wouldn't take off. *shrug*