Capturing status and a steady keeps the pot boiling in a chatty yarn suitable for the early teens. Cally was relieved when Mother allowed her to leave Miss Edwards' School for Girls and attend public high school, but being a new girl had its problems. There was the searing chill at the perimeter of the central clique; living at home and keeping her irritable mother reasonably calm; and of course angling for the boy -- in this case Mark, also ""new"" whose style is crimped by an unsympathetic stepmother. Acquiring a post with Mark on the school paper with resultant rise in group esteem; small diplomatic moves, with Father's help, to manage Mother and bring Cally's irresponsible older brother and sister into line; and warm admiration for Mark, bring off the arm-in-arm ending. (Off stage wheels turn to remove the stepmother.) Routine but sure fire in plot and treatment.