A first novel depicting the relationship between two brothers who seem to fight all the time. Alex is a hard-working, steadfast boy who cannot get along with his irresponsible older brother, Andrew, who always borrows Alex's bike when Alex needs it to deliver papers. When the bike is finally stolen, Andrew has to make good on a promise to help replace it. In the course of the story, there is a fire, a fight, and the realization that brothers can be friends--even when most of the time it doesn't look as if they even like one another. This realistic story of a black family moves a little too slowly. However, the brother's relationship and the emotions described are authentic: a lot of readers will enjoy finding boys like themselves in a book.