cover image The Explorer of Barkham Street

The Explorer of Barkham Street

Mary Stolz. HarperCollins Publishers, $15 (179pp) ISBN 978-0-06-025976-1

The Bully of Barkham Street, tormentor of A Dog on Barkham Street, Martin Hastings is 13 now and learning hard lessons. In McCully's lively pictures, we witness events as Stolz's new novel whisks us back to the neighborhood where Martin combats loneliness with dreams of glorious exploits as an explorer like his historic heroes. Martin also hopes for a reunion with his dear pet Rufus, when his father decides the boy has been sufficiently punished for his mistreatment of Eddie Frost (in the previous books). The atmosphere in the Hastngs house is unhappy. His parents bicker; his sister Marietta lords it over Martin. But the quondam bully is growing up and getting a handle on his life. Success as a babysitter, a renewed friendship with Eddie andbest of alla marvelous vacation in the country combine to turn Martin into a true ""explorer'' of the world and his place in it. (911)