Mrs. Kent is a new vein- and after a gap of eleven years since her last juvenile (....Mrs. Applevard's Year and With Kitchen Privileges established her in the adult field), this taps the perennial fascination the past, as experienced by their elders, holds for children. Told in fictional form, this is a might-be-true exploration of the past. Susie and Andrew, from Verment, come to Brookline to visit their grandmother. On a rainy day they are given a project, the finding of an old family trunk. When they find it, the letters and journals it contains take their family history back to Brookline all the way to 1600. They recapture the look of the first settlements; they go back from their own grandmother's girlhood to her mother's youth and so on, generation by generation. While the flavor is distinctly regional, the humor and the universal values extend its fascination far beyond children of the Eastern seaboard.