First rate tale with unusual setting. A girl, whose father is a scientist stationed on the Bahamas, faces the Christmas holidays alone in New York with her grandmother, when news comes that she is to fly to Nassau to meet her parents. She goes -- finds they have been held up on one of the outer islands, and -- determined not to be cheated of Christmas together, she and a small native boy yearning to go back to the same island, set out in a boat with a reluctant captain. After various adventures they arrive -- and the rest of the story tells of the holidays. Good reading. Attractive illustrations -- good atmosphere -- by the author.