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Series: EllRay Jakes


ELLRAY JAKES WALKS THE PLANK by Sally Warner
Released: March 15, 2012

"The EllRay Jakes stories are just right for his real-life peers; short enough to be read by kids getting comfortable with chapter booksand also enjoyable and authentic. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The third installment in this series about third-grader with a penchant for "messing up" (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011, etc.) revisits an unfortunately evergreen theme from the first book: bullying. Read full book review >
ELLRAY JAKES IS A ROCK STAR! by Sally Warner
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A welcome addition to the tales from Oak Glen Primary School. (Fiction. 7-11)"
This second series entry (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011) features an unofficial popularity contest and EllRay's struggles to extricate himself from the fix he gets into after he tries to take a shortcut to earn the respect of his classmates. Read full book review >
ELLRAY JAKES IS NOT A CHICKEN! by Sally Warner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2011

The creator of the series about third-grader Emma McGraw (Only Emma, 2005, etc.) focuses on a new character here: EllRay Jakes, one of Emma's classmates.

EllRay, a likable everykid with a sense of humor, is getting picked on; he doesn't know why, nor what to do about it. Read full book review >