The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 climaxes a zestful story of the growing up of eleven year old Megan Dyke, third in a well-to-do. Dutch family of seven. Their move from small San Leandro to Oakland to live in their Grannie's large house brings many things to a head in small Negan's life- the importance of friendship, of being wanted, of being given the responsibility to do as she pleases. With Grannie's help and the role she must play during the 'quake, Megan befriends a snooty contemporary, is reconciled somewhat to her Mother's insistence that she be a little lady, and discovers that family, and schoolmates too, need her companionship. The Bay area atmosphere plus recognizable problems which are handled with good humor and serenity and which are heightened and resolved by an act of God make this absorbing.