As fifth-grader Bingo Brown strives for the triumphs of today and steels himself against the tribulations of tomorrow, he discovers that he will have to undergo a few more trials and triumphs before growing up. The return of a hopeless "romantic and a heart-breaker to boot — surely one of Byars's most enduring characters." — Publishers Weekly. "If there is such a thing as a typical American kid, Bingo Brown is it. He is funny and bright and lovable without being precocious. . . " — The New York Times Book Review.