In the author's first novel, eighth-grader Patty Dillman's first real friendship: with a boy threatens her most enduring friendship, with lively, mischievous Tracy. At St. Ignatius Junior High, the kids are kept busy; rehearsals for Oklahoma! and football practice leave them little time for people in different extracurricular activities. Still, Tim and Patty communicate by telephone and have a few quiet dates, which so fill Patty's conversation that Tracy seems to withdraw. But all ends well when both realize how much they miss each other and the truth of the song they learned in Brownie scouts: ""Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other, gold."" Fans of Judy Blume will find this another wholesome, believable story about friendship, families, and growing up.