Here is a realistic story of sibling rivalry between two young African-American boys who learn to overcome their character flaws.
Andrew and Alex are opposites in personality and always manage to get on each other's nerves. Andrew, the older brother, likes to socialize and has a hard time keeping a part-time job. Alex, the younger brother, is athletic and a dutiful paperboy with his own bicycle. Their relationship changes for the better when a gang of boys harasses Andrew and steals the bicycle he borrowed from Alex. The fight inspires Alex to take matters into his own hands, while Andrew learns how to be a more responsible person.
Readers ages nine to 12 will identify with the book's focus on sibling rivalry and the characters' attempts to become better brothers. A solid selection.