Awards, Honorable Mentions, Reviews
"Grade 4-7--Fans of the earlier titles in the series will enjoy this lighthearted look at Beth Lambert's further trials and tribulations in small-town Arkansas. She must smooth things out when she and her friend Philip Hall have a falling out and deal with the Pretty Penny club members, who are angry at their new president and want her back as their leader. Diplomatic Beth, somewhat tempered by experience, encourages them to work things out. She has more important fish to fry, like solving the mystery of who stole poor Baby Beth, her brother Luther's prize-winning singing pig. While "every able-bodied man in Pocahontas" is searching for Gorilla Man, the monster of the mountain, the savvy sleuth teams up with Philip Hall for some fancy detective work. These ludicrous dramas culminate in a misguided arm-wrestling contest between Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas, in which poor Philip must wrestle Beth's grandmother for the grand prize, and the old lady surprises everyone with her unmatched strength. Readers new to the series may find references to past adventures confusing or off-putting, but those familiar with the characters may enjoy Beth's latest escapades.--Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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"Gr. 4-7. Children familiar with Get On Out of Here, Philip Hall (1981) and other books about Beth Lambert and her warm African American family and friends in Pocahontas, Arkansas, will want this latest story. As usual, her sassy first-person narrative reports on the wild farce and earth-shattering misunderstandings among her friends and neighbors, as well as on her slowly budding romance with gorgeous Philip Hall. The cast is huge, and all the references to past events will confuse those new to the series. But fans will recognize the folksy blend of sweetness and meanness, and they will enjoy the quarrels, lies, insults, and cover-ups that climax in an intense arm-wrestling competition between two people whom Beth loves: her granny and Philip Hall. Guess who gets the prize? Jenkins' occasional black-and-white sketches capture the fun. Hazel Rochman"
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~F.A.Q. from author Bette Greene~
Q. Did Beth and Philip get married?
A. I asked Beth Lambert if she and Philip Hall married
A. Well, yes, but now there’s a new sign at the Hall Diary Farm that says "Hall's Dairy Farm & Philip Hall's Goat Farm"
Q. Are Beth and Philip still friends?
A. I will let Beth answer this one.
A. Well, maybe he just doesn’t want to be…all that smart!