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The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown by Betsy Byars [Excerpt]

The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown by Betsy Byars [Excerpt]

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Question one: How is it possible to fall in love with three girls in one day in a single English class?

Bingo Brown is an average sixth grader with an unusually serious approach to the business of being twelve. He’s got some “burning questions”—why does he get such wild crushes on girls? How can he avoid the school bully? Why is his favorite teacher acting so strangely?—and he’s determined to figure them out.

This first entry in Byars’s acclaimed Bingo Brown series smartly captures all the highs and lows of adolescence.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
Question one: How is it possible to fall in love with three girls in one day in a single English class?

Bingo Brown is an average sixth grader with an unusually serious approach to the business of being twelve. He’s got some “burning questions”—why does he get such wild crushes on girls? How can he avoid the school bully? Why is his favorite teacher acting so strangely?—and he’s determined to figure them out.

This first entry in Byars’s acclaimed Bingo Brown series smartly captures all the highs and lows of adolescence.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

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 Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
BINGO BROWN FELL IN love three times during English class.Bingo had never been in love before. He had never even worriedabout falling in love. He thought love couldn’t start until a person hadzits, so he had plenty of time. Bingo was worried about being calledon.It was the kind of assignment Bingo dreaded. “You aresuccesses,” Mr. Markham had told them. “You are tops in your field. Your picture has been on the cover of 
Time.
I have written to you foradvice because I want to be exactly like you. Now write a letter back to me. Describe your career and give me some advice.”Bingo’s letter was face-down on his desk. His arms were crossedover it.Tara Emerson was reading her letter. Tara had picked a careerthat she said was physically hard but rewarding and brought pleasureto millions of people. Tara was a Solid Gold dancer.“Could I be a Solid Gold dancer?” Mr. Markham asked when
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she was through. He was twirling a yellow Scripto pencil between histhin fingers. He was better at twirling than a majorette.“I don’t think so,” Tara said.“Why not? Are they all girls?”“No, but the boys are hunks,” Tara said.There was an amused murmur. Mr. Markham stopped twirlinghis pencil and looked around the room, his bright, unsmiling eyes assharp as a bird of prey’s. When Mr. Markham looked like that, as if he were going topounce, Bingo wondered why he had wanted to be in Mr. Markham’sclass, why he had run all the way home to yell, “Mom! I got Mr.Mark!”Mr. Markham said, “Melissa, I’d like to hear your letter.”Melissa said, “I’ve got two careers, Mr. Markham. Is that allright?”“It’s your life.”Melissa stood up. “I’m a scientist and a rock star,” she said.Her words electrified Bingo. He stopped breathing. It wasexactly like a movie he had seen recently called
 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
 He had a stunning picture of Melissa in the starring role. She was in a laboratory pouring formulas from one vial to another. Thenas night approached, she threw off her white lab coat, spray-paintedher hair different colors, and jumped into a limousine.The picture of Melissa at a rock concert, on stage in a wild pink spotlight, was even more stunning; Bingo couldn’t help himself. Hefell instantly in love with Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde. Although Bingo had had no previous experience with love, heknew that this was not a fleeting, everyday kind of love. This was a
THE BURNING QUESTIONS OF BINGO BROWNBetsy Byars

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