There's a ten year old heroine for this story of a warm- hearted, jolly New York family, the Flemings. They live under the Elevated Railway in clean, happy, straitened circumstances. Four children, ranging in ages from 8 to 14, struggle with their little problems, and Dot, the central figure in the story, solves some pretty tough situations herself. An ugly threat of illness, all too real a situation in many families, is prevented from becoming a tragedy when Dot wins a $1,000 prize in a limerick contest. To be sure, the solution is somewhat contrived, but the material is interesting, the characters have warmth, and the appeal has- let's say- contemporary kinship to Five Little Peppers. Books of this general background are far too few and this meets a real need. The city setting may be a hurdle to take in small town markets or county library systems, but city books seem harder to find and this is a sound one.