This lacks the impact of Mary Malone's earlier book, This Was Bridget, in part because she seems less at home in handling younger children. The same quality of warm community spirit in the eastern seaboard town of Coalport, twenty years ago, the unity among the children in St. John's Catholic school, seem more vital to the quality of the story than the mild plot surrounding Sarah's three wishes. Money is at a premium, the saving of fifty cents for a friend's birthday gift is a major achievement. Then little Emmie Lou falls through the thin ice, and Sarah, taunting Terence to help, manages, to her own surprise to save the child. Both children are awarded medals by the Red Cross, and Sarah is given a surprise birthday party by her sixth grade class. So much for the first wish. The second comes true when the children send a delegation to the mayor to persuade him to save their condemned town by building a housing development. And presumably the third wish- to live next door to her best friend-will ultimately be granted. A somewhat saccharine flavor for a story with no particular significance.