Baby-Sitters Club belongs to Ann M. Martin. Thank you for your understanding.

It was the first day of school. I was walking with my siblings and two of my best friends. I have three siblings; my stepsister, Dawn Schafer, and my two adopted siblings; Carlos Peters and Meredith Sousa. Then, there's my neighbors and my other best friends, Kayla and Kaylee Willis, who lives three houses from me. I have another best friend, Kristy Thomas.

Kayla struggled with leukemia until she won when she first moved here.

I'm Mary Anne Spier. I'm 14 years old and attend Stoneybrook High School, here in Stoneybrook, Connecticut, and about to be a tenth grader today. I'll be 15 in a few weeks. I may be shy, but I have a boyfriend, Logan Bruno. He was walking with us, too.

At school, in English, we had a new girl for the first day of school.

"Class, we have a new student for the first day of school. Her name is Janet Elizabeth James," announced the teacher. "Why don't you tell us about yourself?"

"I came from Buffalo, New York. I have two older brothers, Ricky and Michael. My birthday is on September 20th. Thank you," said Janet.

Wow. She's two days before me. She had long blonde hair, which she left loose, with curls. She's about my height. She was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans with designs on them. She's pretty cool.

After English, she actually came to me and said, "I've seen you before, Mary Anne. Don't you perform in Annie?"

"Yes. I play Annie," I responded.

"Thought so. I liked your character. You were very good," commented Janet.

"Thanks," said I said heading to Math class with her.

"You're the one who signed my autograph," said Janet.

"You got that right," I said. "My birthday is two days after you; September 22nd. I'll be 15."

"Really? I was supposed to be born on that day," said Janet.

"Isn't that odd?" I asked.

"I know," agreed Janet. "I'll be turning 15, too."

At lunch, Janet and I went to lunch together.

"I had an older sister, Kayla, but she passed on after an illness last May," said Janet.

"Wow. My best friend, Kayla, had cancer, and won that battle," I said.

"You're lucky," said Janet.

"I know it is. She's a twin. She and Kaylee came from New York City," I said.

"I love going there," said Janet.

"Me, too. Where is your new house?" I asked.

"Fawcutt Street," replied Janet.

"I know where is it. I live on Burnt Hill Road. I grew up on Bradford Court until I joined my stepfamily," I said.

"Nice. Do you want to come over after school?" asked Janet.

"I would, but I have to baby-sit," I replied.

"Okay," said Janet.

"Good idea," I commented getting our lunches.

We joined my friends.

"Everyone, meet Janet Elizabeth James," I said as I introduced her to them.

"Hi," said the other girls.

"Her birthday is just two days before me," I said.

"Are you serious?" asked Kristy.

"Yes," replied Janet.

"Here's the strange part: Her older sister, Kayla, died due to illness while my friend beat the battle," I said.

"Strange," said Kayla.

"I know," said Kaylee.

"I remembered all of you when you performed Annie in Buffalo, New York, where I moved from," said Janet.

"Wow," said Claudia.