Philip Hall is the cutest, smartest boy in the sixth grade, and Beth Lambert loves him. The fact that he beats her in classwork, sports, and almost everything else doesn’t bother Beth at first. Then she realizes that Philip might be best because she’s letting him beat her. Beth knows that she deserves to be Number One–and she’s going to prove it! This funny, universal story of a girl learning that she matters in the world has delighted readers for over twenty years.
Newbery Honor Book – winner