Stacey's in luv again! Wes looks like a movie star, he's a genius, and he has the most perfect smile in the world. (Or so Stacey thinks.) There's only one problem — Wes is Stacey's substitute math teacher.
The other Baby-sitters think that Stacey is in way over her head. But Stacey can tell that Wes is paying extra attention to her. And it's not just because she's raising her hand with all the right answers.
Can love conquer all? Stacey hopes so!
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
In Stacey’s Big Crush, Stacey gets a huge crush on Wes, who is student-teaching her math class. When I was growing up, I had a number of student teachers. Then, when I was in college, I became a student teacher myself. At Smith College, I did my student teaching at the Campus School. This is a private elementary school located on the college campus. The first semester, I taught in the three-year-old class at the preschool. The second semester, I taught in the kindergarten. I thought that after I graduated, I would teach preschoolers. As it turned out, my one and only teaching job was in a fourth/fifth grade class. It wasn’t what I had planned on, but I thoroughly enjoyed that year of teaching, partly because I got to use children’s literature in the classroom. During the year, I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, A Bear Called Paddington, and A Wrinkle in Time, among others, to my students. The kids enjoyed this activity, and I really enjoyed it, so much so that at the end of the school year, I decided to enter the children’s publishing field instead of returning to teaching. And I’ve been involved in books and kids ever since!
The dedication in the beginning of the book reads, "Special thanks to Nicholas Lerangis for his rendition of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”
Nicholas Lerangis is the son of the ghostwriter for this book, Peter Lerangis. The story about "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" appears as a subplot in this novel.
Stacey thinks Dawn's house is the coolest one in Stoneybrook.