This was published in 1955; the story is set in 1912. I found it interesting, beyond the children's story that it is, because it fits with other things I've learned about 1912, the time period. I wish my copy wasn't falling apart; it's a 1965 printing from Scholastic, on heavy newsprint-type acidic paper. The Funny Guy is an insulting label put on the new girl, who is the main character. She struggles to get rid of the label and finally succeeds. She also learns about honesty by being dishonest, and about integrity by earning her integrity back again.