A third book about Becky Suslow, eight, last seen in Whiskers Once and Always (1986); this time she travels across the country for a week-long visit to her artist father at his new home in Oregon. The many adults in Becky's life are all loving and comfortingly predictable. Mom sends Becky off cheerfully; the reunion with Dad is warm, but marred by the discovery that his new friend, Rosellen, lives in--and he hadn't wanted to tell Becky that over the phone. Still, Rosellen is nice, and it doesn't take Becky long to make friends with the obstreperous dog. Rosellen's daughter, Hope (six), is more of a problem. Unexpectedly present because her new stepmother is in labor with a dangerously premature baby, she proves to be a total pest; moreover, Becky's Dad has amused her by cooking ""midnight soup,"" which Becky thinks of as her own private shared experience with him. But as the week goes on, Becky does get some quality time with Dad, and as she comes to understand Hope's worries she is welt on the way to making friends with her. For young readers ready for chapter books, these make a fine alternative to the Haywoods: Orgel presents realistic, contemporary concerns and experiences with understanding, humor, and affection.