I read "Silver", the first novel about Sarabeth Silver, in junior high, and have saved my paperback copy along with a number of other childhood favorites for occasional re-reading. I found the sequel to be a pleasant, quick read, with believable characters and a good storyline. However, I too was bothered by several inconsistencies, some of which were so obvious they detracted from my enjoyment of the book. The age thing really annoyed me - why did everyone become a year younger? Many of the things Sarabeth and her friends do and say seem more consistent with 15 year olds (which is the age they would really be a year after "Silver" took place) than 13 year olds. "Silver" was supposed to have taken place a year earlier, and yet Cynthia's baby is a toddler, though she only became pregnant at the end of the previous book. And why do Sarabeth's friends no longer call her Silver, her nickname in the first novel? These things may not be a big deal, but I read "Silver" so many times I feel I know the characters well, and it bothered me to see so many inaccuracies. I also felt the ending was too rushed - I would have liked to have gotten to know Sarabeth's relatives better, especially Traci. Maybe another sequel is in the works? Flaws aside, I did enjoy the story, and my rating is more like three and a half stars. I certainly recommend the book to anyone who enjoyed "Silver".