I've Already Forgotten Your Name, Philip Hall!

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9780060518356: I've Already Forgotten Your Name, Philip Hall!

Join the irrepressible Beth Lambert as she goes home after a long visit with her grandmother in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Beth is happy to see her friends the Pretty Pennies, and even happier to see her family (and eat her mother's fried turkey, tamale pie, and floradora potatoes), but she might just be happiest of all to see her best friend, Philip Hall.

But not for long, because Philip gets it into his head (with a little help from Beth) that she made a new friend in Walnut Ridge -- a boyfriend. Now Philip won't rest until he meets this "nutty Walnutter" face-to-face in an arm-wrestling match in front of the whole town. There's only one problem -- Beth's new friend doesn't exist. She made him up! Once again Beth's mouth has gotten her into trouble. And once again she'll have to do some fast talking to see if she can get herself out of it.

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Bette Greene's first novel, Summer of My German Soldier, hailed as "an exceptionally fine novel" by the New York Times, has become a modern classic. Published in 1973, this beloved book has inspired an Emmy Award#150;winning television film and a recent stage musical. The first book in the Philip Hall series, Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe., was a 1975 Newbery Honor Book and a 1974 New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. Born in a small Arkansas town, Bette Greene has lived in Memphis, Tennessee, Paris, France, and New York City. She now lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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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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