1899 in a small town in Vermont, the turn of the century is coming fast. According to certain members of Robbie's church, the end of the century might mean the end of the world. But the church's tiresome restrictions don't suit someone as high-spirited as Robbie. So he decides to leave the fold and live life to the fullest. His behavior does nothing to improve his father's opinion of him. It's not until Robbie's antics put another man's life on the line that he decides it's time to change, but is it too little too late? Paperback, 176 pages. By Katherine Paterson.