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Barbara Putnam Archibald is sixteen-going-on-thirty. She is stuck in an all-girls boarding school while her older (by a mere twenty months) sister is home attending parties and social events designed specifically for young women making their “debut” into society. She feels she is the more mature of the two, of course, and is constantly trying to prove to her family that she has a mind and a will of her own--as if they couldn’t tell. Through her school writing assignments and journal entries, she tells in her own way, bad spelling and all, stories about a make-believe-boyfriend who comes to life, a secret car and career, crushes and encounters with famous playwrights and actors, and doing her part to help the Allies win the Great War. It’s great fun watching this sub-debutante grow up.--Submitted by Peggy Folan
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