School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-- Billy's mother has firm ideas about what's lady-like and what's not, ideas that Billy has a hard time dealing with, especially since trumpet playing is definitely on the ``not'' list. Mom also has a hard time getting along with Dixie, Billy's independent grandmother, who lives nearby. Billy, on the other hand, finds in Dixie a welcome haven from the pressures at home. When her father's law office is vandalized and it appears that Billy's carelessness may have provided the opportunity for the damage, it is Dixie who takes Billy's side and helps her prove her innocence. Billy is a likable, feisty, and believable heroine, surrounded by a loving, if at times exasperating family. Smith has some thoughtful things to say about living up to expectations and being your own person, but she never belabors her point. The action moves briskly and logically and along the way Billy comes to understand her parents a little better, her mother learns to get along with Dixie a little better, and readers have a good time. This may not be a ``must'' read, but it is certainly a good read. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
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