This is a ""story with a purpose"". The purpose is excellent but the book, unfortunately, isn't. In a small American town a group of junior high school children, under guidance of their athletics coach, organize a cooperative store. Their purpose is to make money to buy equipment for their baseball team. The author's purpose is to sell his young readers the value of cooperative and democratic action. The failure lies in the basic fact that children of junior high school age don't think, talk and not as the author hopes they do. There is good enough action; but wooden characters, artificial conversation and noble sentiments make a sanctimonious book which I doubt children will tolerate. And it could have been good.