From the jacket
The silver inkwell on Lynn Sheridan's desk was an acute reminder that she meant to be an author. Convinced that her work in a library gave no material for stories, she accepted a job in the children's book department of a publishing house. Here Lynn met Cleo Barkridge, an author whom she wanted to glamorize in a story, and worked with Bryce Hunter, who criticized her attitude toward writing and living with equal ferocity.
Lynn was reluctant when Cleo pulled her, as well as Bryce, into a neighborhood plan to help neglected children, as time for writing was precious. Moreover, worry about her sister Patty's strange friendship with Mike Barotti, local tough guy, seemed to crowd plot ideas out of her mind. Little by little, as she grew to understand the children and helped keep Mike's brother Tommy out of jail, she began to see the justice of Bryce's criticism. But it took his narrow escape from death to give Lynn a true-to-life plot for a story.
Illustrated by Hilda Frommholz
Houghton Mifflin Company
Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 45008117
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