Beany Malone's return in a star role (after a few bits in the Katie Rose books) is also Homecoming Day for her Harkness High crowd, notably Kay Collins, nee Maffley, now hospitalized for chronic weakness and fretting about husband Joe's job back in Peachtree, Utah, and about four-year-old Jodey, a troubled, difficult child since a mysterious trauma in his infancy: will he be too much for Beany and the Buells? will his harsh Peachtree relatives take him back and further terrorize him? The focus of the story is Beany's concern for Jodey and what it does to her family life, especially to her relationship with husband Carl--a shift of interest for teenage fiction but not for girls who watch afternoon TV. Before Kay's death and the final wrap-up, assorted relatives and classmates pose their own problems, and the solution for one of the latter is also the answer for Jodey and Joe. All very tidy, but Mrs. Weber's audience will still call it neat.