This -- at a higher age level- is still characterized by the simple but sincere dimensions of Belm's writing for younger children. This is a 7th grade story, following Dick's attempts to raise his own standards in school and in himself. The incentive is the promise of a new bicycle, if he can make two A's twice in succession. Dick knows himself as a C-to-B student. He shines in Social Studies -- but the second A is a poser. So dishonestly he takes help from a friend in math. Other events add up:- there's a dance and new friendship with a girl; there's Dick's idea that helps in the campaign for a new school; there's his election to student council. And there's that illicitly acquired A and the new bike, hollow rewards. Ultimately a straightforward confession, on his own decision, bring truer recognition of his own capabilities. Good balance here, for a story with sound values.