A lighthearted effort from Hall's prolific pen: the story of what results when a young resident of a small midwestern town decides to bring excitement into her life, even if she has to invent it herself. Dagmar, one of a large and loving family, yearns to enter her teens, have a perfect boyfriend, and live a secret life. When Shelly, her best friend, seems to be attracting boys before she does, Dagmar invents Douglas, perfect in looks, behavior, and availability. But Douglas proves a most unsatisfactory fantasy: he turns up at inconvenient times and causes more problems than he solves, especially when he is required to appear at Shelly's first dating party. Dagmar's solution--to advertise--leads to a farcical conclusion. A wry, funny excursion into the life of a small-town preteen, with witty observations and neatly sketched characters. Douglas is as entertaining as his young inventor, although he does not quite work as a fantasy. Slight, but amusing.