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.
* “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