Like Caary Jackson's other stories about Danny Cleary (see Shorty Carries the Ball- 1952, p. 278), this comes close to being outstanding as it realistically follows tenth grade basketball adventures and the changes wrought in adolescence. A spitfire formerly, Danny's aggressiveness has cracked- along with his voice. His shortness, too, almost makes him decide not to turn out for basketball, until the example of Joe, a star player and short himself, inspires Danny., But there are complications and disappointments. Low grades threaten to quell playing. Then Danny fails to make the team and refuses to lower himself by playing with the reserves. More introspective now, Danny makes a valuable friend of Miss Reid his English teacher; and he becomes enough of a sport to be the basketball team's ungrumbling manager. When the chance comes to play at last, Danny does it and can face the loss of an important game with the understanding something more valuable has been won.