Sixth-grader and African-American Beth Lambert has the biggest crush on Philip Hall, the cutest, smartest boy in the class. Philip is so smart that he beats Beth at all of the things she's best at: schoolwork, coming up with crafty schemes, and even catching turkey thieves. Beth doesn't seem to mind at first, because it's all for fun — or is it? When Beth finally realizes that she's been letting Philip beat her at everything, she decides that it's time to be Number One again...no matter what it takes! But which one of them will be the first to reveal their crush to the other? And should that be a competition too?
This smart and satisfying read will strike a chord in every adolescent reader who's ever suffered from a crush...and who also yearns to find his or her place in the world. Both Beth and Philip are vulnerable and tough, and never try to reveal too much about how they feel or what they think to the other, which adds to the humor and warmth of the story. This story is sure to appeal to all readers, as Greene captures, in an honest, lighthearted way, the ups and downs of growing up. A splendid and fun read for boys and girls.