A boarding school story by M. E. Kerr? Yes, and what's more, Flanders' recently split up parents, who are into sex research[experimentation, have seen fit to send her to a church-connected school where the teacher assigned to her dormitory wing is a religious misfit who talks to Jesus and puts ""His"" picture up in the john. Conversely, Carolyn Cardmaker, a preacher's kid who takes Flanders over on the train to school and fills her in on dating cadets, saltpeter in the food, and other commonplaces of boarding school life, becomes so bitter about her father's treatment by his church that she turns atheist and is expelled for her militant lack of belief about the same time that Miss Blue is dismissed for erring in the opposite direction. Later Carolyn gives in and goes to New Year's service with her family, Flanders becomes reconciled with her newly liberated mother, and Miss Blue. . . who knows? Flanders, who had begun to feel protective, still thinks about her, and that's no wonder as she has been the one genuinely odd presence in an otherwise very ordinary institution. But Miss Blue is no Jean Brodie, just a victim, back there in the shadows, whom we never get to know well enough to feel her presence.