Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141303123
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Series: Puffin Newbery Library Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 603,100
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe. 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year old Beth Lambert struggles with her feelings for neighbor Philip Hall, the smartest boy in the class. Or is Beth purposely allowing him to be first so he will like her? Through various adventures and experiences, Beth and Philip test the boundaries of who's first, who's best and whether their friendship can allow a girl to best a boy. Fun stories and experiences. The language reflects a dialect form of speaking (verb agreement is off) that might be considered offensive to some, but probably accurately represents a certain time. The theme of how smart a girl can comfortably appear to others is current now as well as in the past.
Joshua_da_Bae More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. It's about how Beth is an eleven year old girl who lives with her dad, mom, older brother, and older sister Anne and also her little baby brother Benjamin. This guy named Philip Hall is like the cutest and smartest guy Beth ever knows and Beth likes him. Beth admires him and everything. Beth just loves how he is charming, admirable, and super smart. But as Philip beats Beth in everything like grades and other activities Beth is starting to think that she is letting Philip have a way too easy life so she wants to do something about it but she doesn't want to beat him up or anything because Beth likes Philip. I think this book was great and I also think Beth and Philip were meant to be because of their funny situation and how they are so similar. They are both smart and charming. I also like how the plot uses the relationship of these 2 kids to express that Beth knows she is losing to Philip Hall but she doesn't know what to do hence her relationship with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so boring i hated it we had to read some of it in class and i was going to die
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was so great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought This book was totally awsome and thought that Phillip Hall was quite charming and him and Beth were ment to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was killer! ^_^ I liked it, and I have to get the next. Go Beth, go Beth
Guest More than 1 year ago
Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe is a great story of a smart girl that makes something of her smartness
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.