The author of Mama's Bank Account with a story of adolescence -- a very different sort of story from the heart-warming book about Mama, who was all things to her children. For Allie's parents are ""separated"" -- and she is torn with the yearnings, the sorrows of growing up, deprived of normal outlets. Her mother ran a boarding house and had little time for her small daughter; her father still sought the rainbow round the corner. But Allie was a very real-though uncertain- person in her own right. Lots goes on around her that she doesn't understand, and the author has succeeded in keeping this in its proper relation to the whole. There's implicit tragedy here, flashes of humor, emotional undercurrents. Not all young people will like it, but enough of them will find it touches a sympathetic chord to justify listing it here.