Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette GreenePhilip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe

byBette GreeneIllustratorCharles Lilly

Paperback | June 1, 1999

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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
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.
Title:Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon MaybeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.37 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141303123

ISBN - 13:9780141303123

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Lessons Abound A beautifully written story, filled with love about a young girl coming of age and discovering the realities of life.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay, but not worth a Newbery Honor award 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.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The adventures and lessons of Beth Lambert The main character of the book is a twelve year old girl named Beth Lambert. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Beth loves adventure and always comes up with smart ideas. The theme of this book is about Beth liking a boy, Philip Hall. She wonders if Philip only likes her because she lets him be the number one student in school and in other things. She decides to try her very best in everything to see if Philip will still like her. The greatest problem Beth faces is that she wants to do her best whether it’s in school or a contest with her friends. The problem she faces is if her friends will still accept her when she does better than they do. I think the author is trying to teach the reader a lesson. The lesson being taught is having good values. The author is also trying to teach us to be fair, the difference between right and wrong, to always do our very best and that cooperation is important. It was an interesting book that showed how people can use cooperation and each other’s strengths, to get out of a difficult situation.
Date published: 2000-12-21

From Our Editors

Beth Lambert is no wilting flower, nor is she the type to show too many of her cards when it comes to her secret admiration for Philip Hall. Does Philip like her, too? How can she find out without letting him know about her intentions first? Newbery Award winner Bette Greene presents the joys and disappointments of growing up in Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe.

Editorial Reviews

* "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