This is one of the Parrish family stories- for somewhat younger level than Janet Lambert's other books. This time it is Tippy, almost sixteen, on whom attention is centered. Tippy is bitterly disappointed when Col. Parrish is ordered to Germany; the family goes through a harrowing time when little Davy comes down with polio; Tippy decides to assert some claim to fame and attempts to write. Then there's the birthday party, which she had thought cancelled out, and the new typewriter and new evening dress. And finally the sailing for overseas. Recognizable and more real than wishful experiences which give these books wide appeal to the teens (in this case junior high).