When the space age bug bites Abercrombie, Benjamin and Christopher simultaneously with the announcement of a school Space Age Essay contest, the entire fifth grade is caught up in one torrential epidemic. The Space Club, organized by the Principal and headed by the triplets, is the main channel for all kinds of basic research as well as the construction of a model rocket. Though the news of Yuri Gagarin's flight depresses morale, Alan Shepard's success recharges it and provides the impetus for some prize winning essays. The fact that contemporary astronauts are mentioned makes the absence of John Glenn particularly noticeable. But this can be overlooked in a worthwhile story. Despite all the enthusiasm, there is a surprisingly unreal quality to the triplets, their friends and the goody goody, let's-all-join-in atmosphere of the progressive school they attend.