by Phoebe Stone
Jessie Lou Ferguson has loved Conrad since the second grade. Back then she loved him so much she would hide in the bushes on the playground and jump out to give him a big kiss when he walked by! She may have outgrown that sort of behavior but Jessie Lou has not outgrown her love for Conrad. Not that she's alone in her obsession, Conrad enjoys a popularity that is "astounding, outstanding, overwhelming". All this attention dwindles, however, when Conrad has to deal with a hurt leg. The shiny metal leg brace he must wear spells doom for Conrad's popularity, but gives Jessie Lou her "in" to friendship and maybe even something more, as long as she can think of something to say without falling into a million pieces.