Terry is the girl whose eighth grade miseries are worked out in this lively and quite funny story about a real ""freak"" who never did anything right. A tomboy at heart, Terry has recently moved with her family to a New York City suburb where problems of friendship, poise and doing what she wants to do hang heavily over her head. While yearning to get ""in"" with the right girls at school, Terry can't help going off to play football with the boys. She muffs things with the grownups who visit her parents and is crushed when her father decides she must go to camp rather than on a fishing trip with him to Maine. Camp Fenmore, however, proves the antidote for former social poisons. There Terry finds wide opportunity for the strenuous play she loves and for friendships with other girls like her, so that when she returns, her wider understanding makes her more understandable and popular too.