A fourth Kitty novel, set earlier than the other three--an unusually well-written, funny and touching story of the life of a young Catholic girl in St. Paul. Kitty is the new girl in Sister Charlene's third-grade at Saint Anthony's, a school she feels is much too different from her old one, Saint James, across town. She makes two friends: Margaret Mary, who follows all the rules, gets straight A's, and goes to Mass every morning; and Eileen, free and easy, who takes risks in school and out. When Kitty is with Margaret Mary, she is concerned with sinning and sainthood; with Eileen, she plays a make-believe game of Confession. Kitty worries that without her these two hugely different people would never have become friends to each other. A sympathetic account of what it's like to be the new girl in school, as well as a child trying to be good and make sense of the world. Sharply observed, with a strong sense of time and place, and a hilarious chapter in which the three girls watch a Betty Grable movie that may or may not be on the legion of Decency A list. Enjoyable--especially for children who like to know what life was like ""back then.