For one crazy week, the kids at Stoneybrook Middle School have become ... teachers! Mallory faces an out-of-control English class. Mary Anne is student-teaching social studies. And Kristy has her first-choice assignment — teaching gym!
There's only one big problem — and his name is Cary Retlin. Cary and Kristy are supposed to be teaching the gym class together. But instead, they've started a gym war. Stoneybrook Middle School has never seen a teacher feud like this before — and Kristy's determined to do anything she can to win.
Back-to-school brings an exciting new challenge for Kristy. She's been selected to be a teacher for a week! Team-teaching a gym class with her arch rival, Cary Retlin, Kristy learns a few lessons she never knew she needed.
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
In Kristy in Charge, Kristy discovers that being a good teacher is more difficult than she had expected. Over the years, I’ve had many wonderful teachers. My first favorite teacher was Mr. Mackey, who was my art teacher for first grade through fifth grade. (I named Karen Brewer’s art teacher after him.) Mr. Mackey knew how to make art creative, fun, and interesting. (When he arrived at our class, he always raised his arms and swung himself through the doorway!) My next favorite teacher was Miss Kushel, who taught me in third grade. She helped give me a love of reading, and I adored her because she thought I could do anything. In seventh and eighth grade my wonderful creative writing teacher was Mr. Dougherty (whom Mallory’s creative writing teacher is named for). He sparked our imaginations and told us we could all be great writers. There have been many other great teachers since, but Mr. Mackey, Miss Kushel, and Mr. Dougherty stand out. They gave me wonderful gifts and showed me what a great teacher can do.
This is the first appearance of Cary Retlin in the main series.