Mary Anne and Dawn are so excited. Logan's cousin Lewis is finally coming to town, and Mary Anne is busy planning the perfect double date. But now Dawn is staring to get worried. She's written letters to Lewis, but she's never had a boyfriend before. What if Lewis doesn't like her?
That's when Dawn decides she needs a new image. New clothes, new hairstyle, and lots more makeup. Maybe she could even learn how to flirt a little. But will Lewis and the rest of the Baby-sitters like the new Dawn?
Dawn and Mary Anne do one more date with the boys, where Lewis learns why Dawn changed her image. Dawn also manages to convert Lewis to health food
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
In Dawn’s Big Date, Dawn has a new pen pal, Logan’s cousin Lewis. I remember how much fun it was to get mail when I was young. Now, as you might imagine, I get lots of mail — about 17,000 letters a year from kids who read the books I write. After my first book came out, I received just a few letters every year. I was able to answer those letters personally. But now I get almost fifty letters a day, so several people help me answer them. It’s fun! If kids ask questions about baby-sitting, we send them a sheet of baby-sitting tips. If they ask about writing, we send them a sheet of writing tips. Lots of times I get letters from kids who are writing as a school project. Right now a popular project is making an author quilt. The students send blank squares of fabric to authors and ask the authors to sign the squares and return them. Then the squares are sewn together to make a quilt for their classroom or school. One of the funniest requests I get is from kids who are making a garbage wall! They ask authors to send them an item of trash from their wastebasket. Then they collect the “famous” trash and display it on the bulletin board. Several classes have also written to me asking to send them old socks or sneakers! Now I hold on to all of my holey socks so I can send them out when kids ask for them. (Don’t worry — they’re clean.) As you can see, I really enjoy getting mail — and hearing from my readers.
Pop culture references: The Little Mermaid is one of Sara's favorite movies. Dawn, Mary Anne, Logan and Lewis all go to see Gone With the Wind.
Mary Anne is noted to be good at bowling in this book despite not liking sports.
Dawn's first time chewing gum is on page 78.
1996 reprint cover
Bookmark that came with the first printing of this book