**A sensitive novel, beautifully written, a holding story, lively characterization- this has virtually everything one wants for a novel for young adults. It really is a poignant emotional experience in its wise study of a girl growing up. When Sarah was eleven years old, her father died, and on his deathbed expressed his hopes that she would be a great artist. Sarah concentrated everything towards fulfilling his hope, but finally, with the help of understanding friends faced the fact that her gift was not in the field of art, but that she had the potentials of becoming a fine musician. Her life takes her from her Minnesota home town to New York and finally overseas to entertain for the soldiers of World War I. Love, passion, the loss of her fiance in the war, and the ripening of artistic understanding are all a part of her experience. A vital book.