Philip Hall Likes ME, I Reckon Maybe
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Philip Hall Likes ME, I Reckon Maybe

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The Newbery Honor-winning book from the author of Summer of My German Soldier Philip Hall is the cutest, smartest boy in the sixth grade, and Beth Lambert loves him. The fact that he beats her in classwork, sports, and almost everything else doesn't bother Beth at first. Then she realizes that Philip might be best because she's letting him beat her. Beth knows that she deserves to be Number One--and she's going to prove it! This funny, universal story of a girl learning that she matters in the world has delighted readers for over twenty years. A New York Times Outstanding Book
An ALA Notable Book
Kirkus Choice Award
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 135 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 10.16mm | 136.08g
  • PUFFIN
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 0141303123
  • 9780141303123
  • 1,001,130

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* "I reckon Philip Hall can't help liking spunky, expansive Beth...and you'll like her, too." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "It's an unqualified delight to spend one's time with the Lambert family of Pocahontas, Arkansas, and their friends." --Publishers Weekly

"Beth Lambert is an energetic and spirited young black girl whose spunk rings true from start to finish...It's a fresh, humorous romp, full of the vitality of girls and boys growing up." --School Library Journal
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About Bette Greene

Like Beth Lambert, Bette Greene grew up in a small town in Arkansas. Her first novel, Summer of My German Soldier, won unanimous critical acclaim and became an immediate best-seller. Bette Greene lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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1,681 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (503)
3 30% (510)
2 7% (124)
1 3% (51)

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Elizabeth Lorraine (Beth) Lambert is an eleven-year-old girl who lives with her father, mother, older brother Luther, older sister Anne, and baby brother Benjamin on a pig and poultry farm in rural Randolph County near Pocahontas, AR. Philip Hall, who lives with his family on the neighboring dairy farm, is the cutest, smartest boy in the sixth grade, and Beth likes him. She reckons that he likes her too. The fact that he is better than she is in class work, sports, and almost everything else doesn't bother Beth at first, but then she realizes that Philip might be best because she's letting him beat her. So, what will she do about it? The plot of the book is more episodic than continuous action, covering a year, from one September to another, of various events in Beth's life and her on-again-off-again relationship with Philip Hall. Will she be able to help figure out who's taking her father's turkeys? What will she do when they get a pet dog and she turns out to be allergic to it? How will she make money to get the kind of educations she needs to become a veterinarian? What will she and her friends do about a local merchant who sells them cheap t-shirts which shrink? Will Beth's Pretty Pennies Girl's Club or Philip's Tiger Hunters Boys Club win the relay race at the Old Rugged Cross Church picnic? And who will win the calf-raising contest at the county fair-Philip or Beth? I picked this book up at a used book curriculum sale with some trepidation because of the author, of whom it is said, "Her first novel, Summer of My German Soldier, won unanimous critical acclaim." Well, I had read that book, and the critical acclaim was NOT quite unanimous-I found it disgusting and revolting. Yet, Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe was a Newbery Honor Book in 1975, so I decided to go ahead and read it. There are a few euphemisms (e.g., "dang") and an occasional "Lord" or "Lordy," but worse than that, Beth herself makes reference to "those d*mn fool cows." Why some writers of modern children's novels seem to feel almost a compulsion to have even children in their books using bad language is beyond me. Also, with the attempt to approximate rural, Southern African-American speech patterns ("You is mad, Beth Lambert," or "I never had nothing"), you wouldn't want to use this book to illustrate good grammar usage. However, aside from the language issues, the book wasn't nearly as bad as I was afraid it might have been and it does have an interesting story line, but for the life of me I still can't see what about it was deemed worthy of receiving a Newbery Honor award. There must have been "slim pickin's" that year. There is a sequel, Get On Out of Here, Philip Hall.show more
by Wayne S. Walker
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