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Hokey Pokey

By: Jerry Spinelli

BOOK TALK

Jack is the leader of Hokey Pokey, a land where there are no grownups and kids rule.   His prize position is his bike, called Scramjet, and he races through Hokey Pokey and up and down Gorilla Hill as younger kids watch in awe.  A girl steals his bike, and Jack senses that everything he has ever known is changing.  How is his relationship with his Amigos, Dusty and LaJo, different?  Why isn’t his bike so important to him anymore?  Where is he going when he receives a one-way ticket on a train that leaves from the Forbidden Hut?

Prepared by Pat Scales, Children’s Literature Consultant, Greenville, South Carolina.