**The author of Betsy and the Proud House is concerned here with one of the most traumatic of childhood experiences- being the ""new boy"" in a new school- in one of the most human and delightful ""school"" books we have seen in a long time. The Corwins- Peggy, Jack and Linda- had to move from California to a suburb of New York City. Peggy thought it was a wonderful experience, but then, she was fourteen. For Linda, nine, and Jack, ten, however, life seemed gloomy and the prospect of a new school was to Jack, always top-boy in his old school, a humiliating experience. Defiantly alone Jack faces the situation in which each incident takes on monstrous and terrifying importance- the first day when he wears the ""wrong"" clothes to class, a strange boy calling him ""Jacky-Wacky"", and a fiendish gang of younger boys teasing him ""just for fun"". Finally the sharp edge of strangeness wears away, and through a series of common adventures Jack reaches the Utopian stage of belonging. A sympathetic and delightful portrait of intricate fifth grade ""politics"", this story will interest adults as well as children. A sprightly story with real values- invaluable as a study in cooperation and the destructive effects of prejudice and lack of understanding.