Billy Had a System (1952, p. 658) introduced the young Kidwell to the neighborhood fourth grade reading circuit. These are further adventures. Billy's big problem is to remove the threat of new tenants whose occupancy of half a vacant lot will deprive Billy and his gang of a baseball diamond. Using effective if questionable methods, Billy collects every kid he can. As one of their fathers happens to own the other half of the lot, the kids have a right to raise enough of a ruckus to discourage the prospective tenants completely. This done, the way to more baseball and a real clubhouse of their own, is cleared. Comparable to Beverly Cleary's work, the Billy stories are nevertheless over long and lack the salty punch of the Henry and Ribsy tales.