There are a number of good ""neighborhood stories"" this year and this is one of the best. The Humphreys have figured in previous books by Mrs. White, but this is independent of the others in plot. Harlo is homesick for his pals in his father's last parish, and he is sensitive to the indifference and the teasing of his new schoolmates. So he hugs to himself his friendship with Katy, who lives on the wrong street -- and plays his part in rescuing her and her small brothers. A friendly story, with good small town life incidents.