Gr 3-5 This book truly defines mediocrity. The story is about fourth-grade Shirley Basini, who suffers from dyslexia, has a brilliant older brother, is a disappointment to her parents, and suddenly acquires an adopted Vietnamese sister who, in addition to being smart, is only slightly younger. Readers do come to know and understand Shirley somewhat, but the other characters are as realistic as paper dolls. They remain completely in the background except when they come into direct contact with Shirley. The family is totally insensitive to their adoptive daughter, simply telling her what her new name will be, never asking her real name or anything about her culture. Shirley's dyslexia is treated superficially, the teacher simply stating that if she'd pay attention and try harder, she could do much better. Martin has filled the book with potentially vital, exciting, touching, and funny situations, but the story fails to deliver. Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, S.C.