Results of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the year 1975.
English schoolgirl Jinnie is so anxious about the forthcoming scholarship examination that she falls ill. The doctor advises a few days' vacation, so Jinnie goes to stay with Gran at Coalgate, a small, closely knit mining town in the north of England. Not that Dad approves. With a general strike imminent, he considers Coalgate no place for a young girl. Dad disapproves of strikes, but then he disapproves of a lot of things happening in the late 1920s - short skirts, bobbed hair, and the Charleston, to name a few. Because of Dad, Jinnie disapproves of such things too.