Janie Tannenbaum had not seen her friend Courtney Schaeffer for over a year, not since the day Janie had left the room they shared in the hospital to go home and courtney had remained behind. Now Courtney was coming to visit, and Janie could hardly wait. she wanted Courtney to meet Harold, her best friend, and to see all the places in the neighborhood that made living where she did so much fun.
It was Harold who set up the first obstacle to the visit's being the event Janie planned. Just because they were going to junior high next fall, Harold believed that they had to learn to date. A date was the last thing janie wanted. She just liked to go fishing, hiking, and courting danger with Harold. She did not want a boyfriend. What would Courtney think?
The truth was that Courtney, herself, was wondering and worring what it would mean to be a teenager. And after a disastrous first meeting, she and Harold came to recognize their common problem. They try on the roles they think they have to play in junior high school; Janie is left out and resents it. Her anger takes her into new experiences and discoveries that help her accept what is happening and see that people grow up in different ways and at different paces.