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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 Sand Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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