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Bingo Brown

by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

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The Plot

The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown. Bingo is puzzled by life, girls, etc. and by the strange behavior of his teacher Mr. Mark.

Bingo Brown and the Language of Love. Bingo Brown strives for the triumphs of today and steels himself for tribulations of tomorrow.

Bingo Brown, Gypsy Lover. Bingo deals with the propsect of a baby brother and a long distance romance with Melissa.

Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance. Bingo Brown's book "A Guide to Romance" hits a snag when his real love Melissa returns from Oklahoma.

Betsy Says

Bingo's name came first. I was working on another book, and I needed a name for a minor character, and the name Bingo popped into my head. I liked the name. Actually I liked it so much that I didn't want to waste it on a minor character.

I couldn't go on writing because Bingo kept interrupting. I knew how he got his name. The doctor said, "Bingo"! when he popped into the world. I knew that later he would write in his journal, "Who knows what kind of person I would have become if the doctor had said, "Richard."

Finally I just put the book away that I was working on and started writing about Bingo. He's fun to write about because he thinks of things himself - whether it's falling in love three times during English class or organizing a T-shirt rebellion or discovering mousse.

Anyway, I'm so glad the doctor didn't say, "Richard."

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