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Ellray Jakes #01: Ellray Jakes Is Not a Chicken!by Sally Warner
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It's tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the kidsand#160;here don't even know that he's pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer.and#160;And when hisand#160;classmate Richard comes over and the boys end upand#160;in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care ofand#160;his great aunt Myrtle's horrible little dog as punishment.
and#160;and#160;and#160;To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully.and#160;Will he be able toand#160;avoid getting poundedand#160;at the skate park?and#160;And how is heand#160;ever going to prove he's cooland#160;withand#160;a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?
"EllRay is shorter than everyone in his third-grade class — even the girls, who include Emma of Warner's Only Emma and its sequels. Yet in this lively series launch, EllRay displays big-time guts as he stands up to class bully Jared. Pondering why Jared has waged 'war' against him, EllRay rules out that it's because he's black ('Jared would have said something if it was. He is not the type of kid to keep things to himself'), deciding that it's either because 'I'm better at just about everything at school — except being big — than Jared is' or that 'there could be no reason at all.' When EllRay's father promises him a day at Disneyland if he stays out of trouble for a week, he worries that Jared will make him lose his temper — and the trip. Though it appears that EllRay's acceptance of Jared's challenge to a fight will doom his amusement park dreams, Warner's clever plotting brings an unexpected and rewarding ending. EllRay's ingenuous narration and the well-observed classroom dynamics are the main draw, and Harper's cartoons, incorporated throughout, further enliven the story. Ages 6 — 8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the creators of the acclaimed Nikki and Deja stories, the first book in a charming and funny new series featuring the boys of Carver Elementary, a lost dog, a thieving bully, an annoying big sister, and skateboarding.
EllRay Jakes is tired of being bullied by fellow classmate Jared Matthews. But when EllRay tries to defend himself, he winds up in trouble. Then his dad offers him a deal: If he stays out of trouble for one week, they'll go to Disneyland! EllRay says he can do it. But saying it and doing it are two very different things.
Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes is sick of getting picked on. But every time he tries to defend himself against class bully Jared Matthews, EllRay is the one who winds up in trouble. It's just not fair! Then his dad offers him a deal: If EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, they'll go to Disneyland! But being good for one whole week is not so easy. . . .
This humorous and true-to-life story kicks off the EllRay series, which is just right for boys (and girls!) who are beginning to read chapter books.
About the Author
Sally Warner lives in Altadena, California.
Jamie Harper lives in Weston, Massachusetts.
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