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Eleven-year-old Beth thinks that Philip Hall likes her, but their on-again, off-again relationship sometimes makes her wonder.
Posted February 5, 2014
Posted June 27, 2013
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.
Posted March 5, 2007
Posted December 1, 2006
Bette Greene Is a boring author. I didnt even finish the book till a month after i started.I wish i could give this book a -5 stars.I would never in the rest of my life read this book again.It was so boring i could die!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2004
I HATE THIS BOOK! Plot was beyond boring, I was literally dying as I read it. Bette Green is horrible. How can you all say this is wonderful? I wouldn't read this book again if someone paid me millions of dollars. It took me an entire month to read this. It never takes me that long.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2004
Posted October 25, 2002
THis book is about a boy named Philip Hall and a girl named Beth Lambert. Beth thinks tht Philip likes her, but he really does not. My favorite charcter in the story is Beth. She is very clever and smart. Philip is embarrased when Beth beats him at the calf- raising contest. At the beginning of the book I thought that it would not be good but it was great. At the end of the book Philip tries to be friends with Beth.Also, this story can teach you a lesson. Be friends with everyone not just your real friends. Philip and Beth both learned a good lesson.
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Posted July 11, 2001
Posted May 28, 2001
Posted May 9, 2009
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