EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken! (EllRay Jakes #1)

by Sally Warner (Author) Jamie Harper (Illustrator)

EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken! (EllRay Jakes #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: EllRay Jakes
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.
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Publisher's Weekly

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.)

Review quotes

-Warner is a dead-on observer of playground politics, and has a great ear for dialogue.+ -School Library Journal
Sally Warner
Sally Warner grew up in Connecticut and California. She then received her B.A. degree from Scripps College, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine arts from Otis Art Institute. She worked as an artist (primarily charcoal drawings) for many years, exhibiting her work at galleries, small museums, colleges, and universities across the country. In 1995 she published her first book for young readers, and since then she has published more than 20 novels.

Visit Sally Warner at Sally Warner www.sallywarner.com.

Brian Biggs was born in Arkansas in 1968, moved to Texas in 1979, fled to New York City in 1987 to attend Parsons School of Design, lived in Paris France for a few years, ran away to San Francisco in 1993, and since 1999 he has lived in Philadelphia. Brian illustrated the covers for the first three EllRay Jakes books and also illustrates the Roscoe Riley series for HarperCollins.

For more fascinating information about Brian, visit www.mrbiggs.com.
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Guided Reading Level
Puffin Books
Publication date
February 20, 2012
EllRay Jakes
BISAC categories
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV039230 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Bullying
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
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