As pungent and wholesome as the gingersnaps whose smell reminds Bingo of Melissa--his girlfriend, who has now moved to Oklahoma--a welcome sequel to The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown (1988). Still in awe of "mixed-sex conversations," Bingo is making new lists, now headed "Trials" (long) and "Triumphs' (chronically blank). He seems to be falling out of love with the absent Melissa; her large, precociously developed friend is pursuing him; worse, his mother is pregnant and has responded to the unexpected interruption of her new career by an irrational retreat to her own mother. In fact, for a while, both Bingo's parents seem to be acting like children, so that Bingo sees himself as suffering adult problems--including the empty-nest syndrome (in reverse), and dreams of drowning in the mainstream of life. Still, like the fifth-grader he really is, "his sympathies were all for himself"--a natural self-absorption later reiterated when he is more interested in answering Melissa's long-awaited letter than in reading it. In a premature shaving venture, Bingo creates a quizzical eyebrow, to his own amusement. Byars' second look at this questing, likable boy is sure to amuse her fans and his.