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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry Spinelli Narrator: Maxwell Glick, Tara Sands Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385368483
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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 are no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterful, bittersweet recognition of coming-of-age.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This unforgettable coming-of-age story will resonate with tween readers and take its rightful place beside the author’s Maniac Magee and Louis Sachar’s Holes.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2013:
    “This unforgettable coming-of-age story will resonate with tween readers and take its rightful place beside the author’s Maniac Magee and Louis Sachar’s Holes.”
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012:
    “A masterful, bittersweet recognition of coming-of-age.”

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/19/2014

    " A slow-starter for me, but once I devoted full attention to the story and characters, I was hooked. Not sure how many kids will appreciate the subtleties of the 'growing up' theme, but an enjoyable read for all nonetheless. I'd like to read more of Jerry Spinelli's books now (this was my first.) What a fantastic, creative mind he has! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/31/2014

    " Set in the subconscious realm of Hokey Pokey, where the childhood desire to keep things the same are pitted against the adolescent longing for change. Abstract, poetic and ambiguous. What if the Hokey Pokey really was what it's all about? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " Allegory about growing up / coming of age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Williams | 1/17/2014

    " Hmmm...I liked it well enough but as a book for kids? I honestly don't think the students at my school would "get it". I really don't think they would stick with the book long enough to figure it out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Briana | 12/3/2013

    " This just didn't hook me like Stargirl did, or some of Spinelli's other works. Notice the beginning like this for a lot of reviewers... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/1/2013

    " This was an imaginative read but I'm not sure who the intended audience is. It seems a little conceptual for kids (my fifth grader started reading it and said she didn't get it, and she usually gets more than me). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/21/2013

    " A hard book to review...a tale of growing up. Some fun and imaginative descriptions of the fantasy world of childhood one boy is leaving , but I don't know if kids who haven't yet left said world will *get* this...I enjoyed it, but it seems more for adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geebowie | 10/31/2013

    " This book really annoyed me in the early chapters it forever to realize what was going on. This seems like one of those books that will win awards and adults will like it but kids will not. Sorry bit I just did not care for this at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LauraW | 10/17/2013

    " Extended allegory/metaphor really isn't my style of book, but Spinelli is masterful with this one. I had a bike like that once. I am not really sure there is anything more to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/29/2013

    " An odd book. While I was listening to it, I kept picturing the lost boys and Neverland as depicted in the movie "Hook" which turned out be be rather appropriate. I'm not sure how kids will react to this book. I'm still not real sure how I feel about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna Chan | 5/25/2013

    " Overall a good book but I don't think the kids will get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colby Sharp | 5/19/2013

    " I can't give 'em all 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Lawler | 3/8/2013

    " I was confused for the first 30 pages, but when I realized what was happening, and what it meant, it all made beautiful sense! We have all been there, and this was such creative way to jog the memory! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/27/2012

    " Just when I thought I had a favorite Jerry Spinelli book, he goes and writes another spectacular story! hokey pokey is my new favorite! "

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About the Author
Author Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli discovered his calling in 1957 when his high school football team won a big game. The town celebrated and his fellow students raced through the streets, but Jerry sneaked back home and marked the occasion in his own way. He wrote a poem. Later the town newspaper published it. He has been a writer ever since. Married to Eileen Spinelli, who is also a writer, Jerry was for many years an editor for the Chilton Company. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. His immensely popular books include Space Station Seventh Grade, Jason and Marceline, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, and Maniac Magee, which has won more than fifteen state children’s book awards in addition to the Newbery Medal.

About the Narrators

Maxwell Glick is an actor based in Los Angeles. He has appeared on television in guest roles in numerous shows such as The Office and Castle. He also has voiced numerous commercials, audiobooks, and cartoons. Originally a regional theater actor, Glick has played Arpad in She Loves Me, Matt in The Fantasticks, and Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs. A New York native, he is a graduate of Boston College.

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is well known as the voice of Anna Kyoyama in Shaman King, Mokuba Kaiba in the English adaptation of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Chase on Fighting Foodons. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in New Jersey, She studied theater at Hofstra University and has had a steady stream of voice acting work since high school. Much of her work is in anime dubbing, with multiple roles in such franchises as Slayers and Pokémon. She has also narrated numerous audiobooks, including Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney series. In addition to providing voiceovers, she has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s Cup-a-Soup and television series, including, Everybody Hates Chris. She is also a successful television host whose credits include: Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays and major red carpet premieres.