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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bobby Vs Girls
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545055946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545055949
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–Bobby Ellis-Chan is back in another charming story about an average fourth-grade boy from an unconventional family. His new gym teacher thinks he's super-athletic like his dad, a former star linebacker (he's not); his class is putting on a play (uh-oh); and he hears his father telling his quarterback sister, “He's not like me.” Good thing he has close friends (except for awful Jillian Zarr) and gets his first choice for his role in Annie, Sandy. Bobby's classmates, friends, and family ring true; Yee has created believable and endearing characters. There's an excellent chapter in which the class discusses Bobby's asthma. Illustrations are included throughout the book. Readers will devour the fast-paced writing, spot-on dialogue, and heartfelt lessons embedded in the text and empathize with the sometimes-brave Bobby, his worries about his place in his family and at school, and his struggles and successes.Nicole Waskie, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
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From Booklist

Bobby Ellis-Chan’s relationship with his dad is at the heart of this sequel to Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) (2009). Dad was a football star before he retired, and Bobby, who doesn’t play the game well, worries that Dad thinks he’s a loser. But then Bobby’s stay-at-home dad struggles, too, when he tries to cook and insists on sewing Bobby’s costume for the fourth-grade show. As Dad attempts to help and fails, Bobby must decide whether to confront his father or console him. True to a kid’s viewpoint, the fast, wry narrative and familiar scenarios will grab readers. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman

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Bobby is very good and loves the sport.
DAC
We started reading nightly to our kids when they were each infants, and now bed time reading is something we all look forward to.
J. Hulett
Bobby messes up the class picture and gets made fun of by the girl-bully, Jillian Zarr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Life isn't easy for fourth-grader Bobby Ellis-Chan. Bobby is the middle child and the only son of Roy Ellis-Chan, a former professional linebacker nicknamed "The Freezer." Now a stay-at-home dad, Roy is a terrible cook and an even worse seamstress. Bobby's older sister, Annie, a fearless athlete and quarterback on her high school team, is the new football star in the family.

Bobby loves dogs, but he can't have one because of his allergies and asthma. He is a great skateboarder and can put on some amazing moves, but he isn't a showoff. He is safety conscious and always wears his helmet, which he calls his "brain bucket." One day while skateboarding, he overhears his dad tell Annie that Bobby is "not like me." Bobby fears that because he isn't good at football, he has let his father down. He believes his dad thinks he's a loser, and he wants to make his dad proud of him. If Bobby could have only one super power, it would be superhuman strength. Now that would impress Roy.

Things aren't much better at school. Bobby messes up the class picture and gets made fun of by the girl-bully, Jillian Zarr. He also makes a bad first impression on the new PE teacher, Mr. Rainerhaus. After Mrs. Carlson announces that the school play is going to be Orphan Annie, Bobby signs up for the part of the dog Sandy --- and he gets it. He needs a costume, and Roy tackles the job of making it. The results are not pretty. Even more embarrassing is what happens to Bobby during the class musical.

BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) is the fast-paced and heartfelt sequel to award-winning author Lisa Yee's BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY). This follow-up is a story about real-life issues: family relationships, being unique and facing one's fears.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on October 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in the Bobby Ellis- Chan series. Bobby's still in the fourth grade. In the first book, at a time when boys and girls shouldn't be friends, Bobby comes to terms with having a best friend who is a girl. Now Bobby and Holly's friendship is as strong as ever.

This time Bobby worries what is ex pro football father (aka the Freezer) thinks of him, when over hears him say "He's not like me" Annie, his older sister, is the football star. Bobby is into skateboarding. I love the time the author spends developing Ellis -Chan family. It adds so much to the story. We know Casey, the younger sister likes making up silly names, like wormy worm worm for her pet worm. Annie, the older sister is the star QB on her high school football time. Bobby mother goes to work and his father looks after the kids. (making uneatable food)

The fourth grade class is putting on Annie. Bobby is happy to play Sandy, the dog, so he won't have to learn any lines. Bobby loves dog but can't have one because of his asthma. Unfortunately, his costume is too close to the real thing. The new gym teacher assumes Bobby can play football when he finds out who is father his. Bobby must also contend with a scary cat with 27 toes, being picked last in gym class and Jillian Zarr.

Bobby's voice is perfect as is Yee's dialogue. As popular as skateboarding is there aren't many books with a main character that skateboards. Bobby is very good and loves the sport. Troy Eagle is his idol.

"Bobby was a good solid skate boarder. Not showy, but not a wimp either. He'd study the bigger kids and then start off slow, working his way up to the trick, whether it was as simple as a nosegrind or as hard as an aerial.
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We started reading nightly to our kids when they were each infants, and now bed time reading is something we all look forward to. My wife had bought this and my 7 year old son soon chose it as the next book. We read it nightly for around a week. While reading the surname "Ellis-Chan" aloud didn't exactly roll off the tongue - which would be my only complaint - we both really enjoyed the story. I always know when he likes or dislikes a chapter book; when he really likes it - as with this book - he picks it nightly until it's finished. It was entertaining and meaningful; we really liked it.
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Lisa Yee does a masterful job of creating loving and lovable characters, who touch your funny bone, and touch your heart. She also teaches relational and moral lessons that can initiate valuable character-building discussions between parents and children. Thank you Lisa.
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More About the Author

Lisa's been a TV writer/producer, written labels for bean cans, and penned a speech for a president of the United States.

Her books include BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) and BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) and YA novel, ABSOLUTELY MAYBE. All are published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic.

Other novels include the MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS and STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Plus the American Girl books, GOOD LUCK, IVY, ALOHA KANANI and GOOD JOB, KANANI.

WARP SPEED, the Stanford Wong spin-off about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up everyday, is her latest novel.

Lisa has been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Resident, USA TODAY Critics Pick, and more.

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