The ""new and different"" in this third Katie Rose story, actually only a slight seasonal shift from The Winds of March (1965. p. 115-J43) consists of menu plans and grocery lists. Bringing the Katie Rose gossip up to date--Mrs. Belford has had to go to Ireland to look after a sick relative, leaving K.R. in charge of supervising all household arrangements for the other five children. Katie Rose sees this as her opportunity to change her mother's do-the-cooking from scratch policies, throws out all the big sacks of bulk basic ingredients, and heads for the frozen food department at the supermarket. Also on hand is a good-looking boarder, a summer student at a workshop on Hotel and Restaurant Management who has something special he'd like to tell Katie Rose (i.e., her budgeting is all awry). Katie Rose's concerns also include her friend Jeanie Kincaid, an adopted child, who has a terrible lurking suspicion that a local screwball is really her mother. Nothing very startling happens beyond the domestic routine, and there are enough shopping items to fill two or three more Katie Rose books. The characters are easy to like, though, and are nicely refreshing. And the Irish-American, financially struggling but not impoverished family help to balance out the extremes of the well-to-do and the poor which overpopulate teen books.