coming of age book for all ages and all times set in the turbulent 1960's during vietnam protests, racial riots and bob dylan turning electric at the newport folk festival. ideal novel for people who work with teenagers, live with teenagers and those who remember high school for better of worse. the triumphs and tribulations of youth are on display. the adults in their lives try to shield them from the harsh realities of these tumultuous times. the heroine of the novel is the former far rockaway high school principal who tries to steer the students down the path of good citizenry and productive lives. music is the glue that brings them together, whatever their race, religion or ethnicity.