When first met at fifteen writing in her Dere Diry just after ""Lovely Jack Kenedy [is] ded,"" Trixie Mae, a waif from Watts, is a marvel of exposed emotions, hygienic candor and phonetic misspelling. At the time she's being hidden in the practice room of a musik colege perfessor who has various designs on her (""his nature gone forever, pore man"") and hopes, along with another colleague in Anthropology, to develop her as an Electric Child (macloon). She attends classes and gets automatic A's from her two tutelars to begin with; but her intellectual upward mobility is considerable and before long she's doing very well on her own. Also on the scene that she makes after her mother is killed in Watts and she joins the SDS ""who blow a lot of pot and plan on helping the blacks in their struggel."" And she falls in love with her rich white friend Sharon's brother. But the lessons she learns about polatics and race (and money) are all outside the classroom. In fact right from the start she knows she'll never get to be a famous movy star (or will she?) but even so, you'll want to give her speshal indulgence. Trixie's a sassy trick with lots of hart.