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Hokey Pokey

Written by Jerry Spinelli

Hokey Pokey
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Category: Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - Adolescence; Juvenile Fiction - Imagination & Play
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: January 2013
Price: $15.99
Can. Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-375-83198-0 (0-375-83198-3)
Pages: 304
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download, eBook, hardcover library binding and a trade paperback.



 
Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when one of the biggest kids, Jack, has his beloved bike stolen—and by a girl, no less—his entire world, and the world of Hokey Pokey, turns to chaos. Without his bike, Jack feels like everything has started to go wrong. He feels different, not like himself, and he knows something is about to change. And even more troubling he alone hears a faint train whistle. But that's impossible: every kid knows there no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks.

Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has written a dizzingly inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imagination play behind for the more dazzling adventures of adolescence, and of learning to accept not only the sunny part of day, but the unwelcome arrival of night, as well.



AWARDS

 
NOMINEE 2013 - CBC Awards & Honors
WINNER - Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
SELECTION 2014 - IRA--CBC Children's Choice
SELECTION 2014 - Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many books for young readers, including Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; and Knots in My Yo-Yo String, his autobiography. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.





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