At first, Anne isn't sure she wants to be in Timberline -- a dreary town in the Rocky Mountains. And she has grave doubts about her ability to handle the ""special room"" for retarded children. But as the year progresses, Anne grows to love her pupils, who represent all types of emotional and intellectual problems, each a new challenge for Anne. Anne delves into the varied backgrounds and environments that have contributed to her pupils' personalities; and, with Anne, the reader develops a strong interest in these very real young people. As Anne superintelligently approaches each child's special circumstances, the reader is introduced to some sound psychology. The friendship between Anne and a delightful non-conformist family near town adds an interesting touch to the book. The ending seems to betray the rest of the book, for, just as Anne has succeeded in gaining the trust of her young pupils, she decides to marry her Eric and give up teaching. One wonders what this will do to her pupils' newfound confidence. As a career book, this is and excellent introduction to the growing field of teaching the retarded.