Ellray Jakes Walks the Plank (EllRay Jakes Series #3)

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Dead goldfish + bossy girls = big trouble!

Things are going just swimmingly for EllRay. He's getting along with most of the kids at school. He's even getting along with his family. But then everything comes screeching to a halt when his younger sister accidently overfeeds Zippy, the classroom goldfish that EllRay was taking care of over spring vacation. Zippy is a goner. What is EllRay going to tell the kids in his third-grade class? Fortunately, most of them are sympathetic. ...

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Ellray Jakes Walks the Plank (EllRay Jakes Series #3)

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Overview

Dead goldfish + bossy girls = big trouble!

Things are going just swimmingly for EllRay. He's getting along with most of the kids at school. He's even getting along with his family. But then everything comes screeching to a halt when his younger sister accidently overfeeds Zippy, the classroom goldfish that EllRay was taking care of over spring vacation. Zippy is a goner. What is EllRay going to tell the kids in his third-grade class? Fortunately, most of them are sympathetic. But not bossy Cynthia. She sees this as an opportunity to blame Ell- Ray for her own mess-ups. Must EllRay now walk the plank for stuff that he didn't do?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Third-grade Ellray is watching Zip, the class goldfish. Unfortunately, Ellray's younger sister over feeds the fish and Zip dies. Jake arrives at school and hopes that no one notices his empty fish bowl. The Monday does not get any better when Jake realizes he forgot to return Treasure Island so there is no book to read to the class. Ellray fears this latest debacle is only going to add to his constant woes of being too little and always "messing up." Ellray gets into a scuffle with bossy Cynthia and they both go to the principal's office. The next Friday, the two argue again over their art projects and water spills onto the teacher's attendance book. Ellray fears he can never outgrow or clear up his messes. However, his teacher sees another side to him. This beginning chapter book provides another option for reluctant readers or for those that have outgrown the "Pinkie & Rex" books. It is nice to see an African American boy tell a story without being an athlete or living in a rough neighborhood. However, the story moves along a little too slowly and better illustrations would help add interest. Second and third grade readers, girls and boys, can enjoy this third "Ellray Jakes" episode, particularly those students who may feel they do not fit in very well. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
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. This time, EllRay's misguided, although goodhearted, decision to allow his 4-year-old sister, Alfie, to help take care of the class fish that he's housing over spring break results in Zip's death, and troubles cascade from there. Distracted, EllRay forgets to bring in Treasure Island, the class read-aloud he's borrowed, and his classmates begin to get angry. To make matters worse, mean girl Cynthia Harbison continually tries to pin her transgressions (cheating at a playground game; a classroom shoving match) on EllRay, since "You're already the kid in our class who messes up." With some subtle support from Ms. Sanchez and the principal, EllRay manages to deliver the message to Cynthia that he won't be a patsy. As in previous series entries, EllRay is likable and his problems believable; again, the ending is a bit pat but satisfying nonetheless. Drama about Alfie's friendship woes in preschool parallels the main story but is less successful; Alfie's voice is unrealistically mature for a 4-year-old. 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)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—EllRay Jakes feels that he cannot do anything right. It all begins when the third grader brings the class goldfish home over spring break and his little sister, Alfie, accidentally kills it. EllRay takes the blame, and his classmates become frustrated with him; one girl goes a step too far and ends up bullying him. Throughout the story, he remains loyal to his sister and is willing to take responsibility for everything that goes wrong—even if he shouldn't. This easy read uses language that is believable for this age group. Also believable is EllRay's relationship with Alfie. Though he finds her incredibly annoying at times, his need to protect her always wins out and is a really sweet part of this early chapter book. Cartoon illustrations appear throughout. Reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike will enjoy this title—Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670063062
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Series: EllRay Jakes Series , #3
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,006,197
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) lives in Alteadena, California.

Jamie Harper (www.jamieharper.com) lives in Weston, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Excellent Book

    I bought this book for my nephew, although he is going to the 2nd grade, he is enjoying the book. Can't wait to purchase the other Ellray Jakes books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

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    Good book

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Review title: Spring Break Surprises. The adventures of an

    Review title: Spring Break Surprises. The adventures of an eight year-old third grader are told with clarity and will make young readers "feel" as though they are actually in the story of "EllRay Jakes Walks the Plank." If you are interested in finding out what happens during Spring Break with Mr. Jakes this is the storyline that will reveal it to you. Also, if you want to find out how EllRay handles a bossy, bullying classmate this is the tale to read. What plank does EllRay need to walk? **Great for third and fourth graders for silent sustained reading time. **This tale has an interesting and engaging storyline that most young students will probably be able to relate to and find some of the tale to be just like real life.

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