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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

Hokey PokeyWOW - was I wrong about this book. I was just about to stop reading Hokey Pokey because of some language I didn't appreciate.  Also, I thought it was your typical boy-against-girl story.  The language was needed to make the characters real; the girl/boy conflict was an essential part.  I was completely impressed all the way through to the most excellent ending.

Hokey Pokey is a place with no adults.  Jack and his legendary bike, Scramjet, are held in high regard by the children.  Each age group has its own name.  First, there are the Newbies, the babies. There are also Sillynillys, Snotsippers, Longspitters and more.  There is a place for throwing tantrums and a place for getting hugs.  The children just play and watch cartoons all day.  Jack realizes that something is changing and that it is time to go. Go where? Go when? He is not aware of any space or time.

Hokey Pokey has a universal title known by most children. This is a great coming-of-age book.  It is a starred review book that already has been given several accolades.  This creative book by the creative Jerry Spinelli is a good start for anyone looking to try fantasy.  This fantasy demonstrate the importance of this genre.  A controversy of this book might be the intended age-range of the reader.  The range varies anywhere from nine to adult - WOW

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