Gr 4-6 ``A preacher's daughter doesn't get all her goodness just by catching it from her parents,'' so Bethany Brant has to work at being good. Her conflict with the P.K. image and her natural inclinations add amusing episodes to character and plot development. The lapses in her goodness have a way of backfiring. For example, after Bethany deliberately chooses the ugliest fabric for her cousin's birthday dress, she finds that her cousin has done the same thing for her. Like Beatty's heroines in Eight Mules from Monterey (1982), By Crumbs, It's Mine (1976; o.p.), How Many Miles to Sundown (1974; o.p.; all Morrow), and others, Bethany is feisty, capable, and full of colorful expletives. Beatty depicts the southwest at the turn of the century with her usual attention to detail and accuracy. Ruth Fitzgerald, Berrien County Intermediate Sch . Dist . , Mich.