Gr 2-5 The five years that have passed since the publication of The Stories Julian Tells (Pantheon, 1981) have neither aged Julian nor diminished his charm. The black seven year old, his best friend Gloria, his younger brother and his parents are back in another five short stories that sparkle with all of the innocence and experience of childhood. The events of these storiesmaking a bet with a friend, attempting to be strong and brave, sending a message in a bottleall reflect incidents true to children. Even though the stories are brief, the characters are fully realized and exhibit a complete range of emotions. Told with Cameron's flair for understatement and illustrated with Strugnell's playful charcoal drawings, these stories are the sort that will make children ask for more. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''