Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey

by Jerry Spinelli


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Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when one of the biggest kids, Jack, has his beloved bike stolen—and by a girl, no less—his entire world, and the world of Hokey Pokey, turns to chaos. Without his bike, Jack feels like everything has started to go wrong. He feels different, not like himself, and he knows something is about to change. And even more troubling he alone hears a faint train whistle. But that's impossible: every kid knows there no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks.

Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has written a dizzingly inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imagination play behind for the more dazzling adventures of adolescence, and of learning to accept not only the sunny part of day, but the unwelcome arrival of night, as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440420514
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 186,645
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many books for young readers, including Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; and Knots in My Yo-Yo String, his autobiography. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.

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All night long Seven Sisters whisper and giggle and then, all together, they rush Orion the Hunter and tickle him, and Orion the Hunter laughs so hard he shakes every star in the sky, not to mention Mooncow, who loses her balance and falls--puh-loop!--into Big Dipper, which tip-tip-tips and dumps Mooncow into Milky Way, and Mooncow laughs and splashes and rolls on her back and goes floating down down down Milky Way, and she laughs a great moomoonlaugh and kicks at a lavender star and the star goes shooting across the sky, up the sky and down the sky, a lavender snowfireball down the highnight down . . . 

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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2013:
“This unforgettable coming-of-age story will resonate with tween readers and take its rightful place beside the author’s Maniac Magee and Louis Sachar’s Holes.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012:
“A masterful, bittersweet recognition of coming-of-age.”

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Hokey Pokey 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I can't decide what to think about this one. It is crazy and wacky and I absolutely loved that side of it. On the other hand, it is extremely confusing. I spent the first half of the book completely in the dark as to what was going on, and the second half was only slightly better. I got tired of being confused and it was a challenge for me to push onward when I felt like I was lost the entire time. Everything is eventually explained, but by that point, I had all but given up. However, it is a beautiful coming of age story that I think most people can relate to. I mean, didn't you have that one weird birthday where every gift you got was wrong somehow? You got a sweater and thought, "Sweaters are for old people." Then you got a toy and thought, "I'm too old for toys." That is what Jack's experience reminds me of. He leaves the world of imagination and play behind to move onward to life as a teenager.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me half of the story to figure out what was happening. In the en i wa ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like batman more yo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not understand this book until ..... i read it the fourth time it is very weird and confusing because everything was named something really strange or something happened and they used a saying you do not understand or described something nonexistant or fake this may be a more adult book because i really did not understand it im 13 BTW so that is why kids should not read this bye thx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books seems stupid i dint get why a bot is menatllly attached to a bike. I also dint think that your growing because you stop riding b,a bike like gello have anyine watxhe ,d tournde france poeple ride bikes for a living!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, a little confusing at some points. The part I don't get is the ending. I mean, is hokey pokey a place or is it just in the children's minds?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ifvi could buy thisi would love it very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its not sad its weird though
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"Uhhh. Uhh!" She moans, her pu<_>ssy dripping wet
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Hard toge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what its about, but if it is sad, I am not getting it. I dont like crying!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems to look cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yhis looks pretty good. Should I get it?