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EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk Hardcover – September 12, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: EllRay Jakes
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670784990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670784998
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EllRay Jakes is a small third-grader with big problems. When his best pal Kevin starts socializing with other kids, EllRay decides to take up skateboarding to impress his former friend. Meanwhile, amid the excitement of a class project about fables and folktales, EllRay learns some important lessons about being true to one’s self. Fast-paced plotting bolsters a narration that feels genuine—using the voice of a rare young African American male protagonist, Warner offers the same keen insight into young people’s social relationships that readers have come to expect from EllRay and the whole host of relatable side characters. Grades 1-3. --Erin Anderson



“Warner is a dead-on observer of playground politics, and has a great ear for dialogue.” —School Library Journal on EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken!

“…ideal for reluctant readers.” —Booklist on EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken!
“Young readers can identify with EllRay, who is neither a bad seed nor a goody-two-shoes; he and his sense of humor are just right.” —Kirkus Reviews on EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star!

“The EllRay Jakes stories are just right for his real-life peers.”—Kirkus Reviews on EllRay Jakes Walks the Plank

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I thought this would be cute to do during my Jack and the Beanstalk unit for a modern take on the classic tale. I will NOT be using this book. Not only does EllRay get in a fist fight to solve his problem, but the author refers to other times when EllRay had done the same thing to solve his problems. Not what you want to teach your kids!
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More About the Author


Sally Warner was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California, where her family moved when she was eight years old. She attended public schools in Pasadena. She then received her B.A. degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Sally Warner worked as an artist (primarily charcoal drawings) for many years, exhibiting her work at galleries, small museums, colleges, and universities across the country. Her drawings are in many private collections. She also taught art education for ten years at Pasadena City College. Her teaching led her to write her first non-fiction book for adults, ENCOURAGING THE ARTIST IN YOUR CHILD, in 1989. This book sold more than 20,000 copies. She still gets mail about another of her non-fiction books for adults, MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART (1994).

Sally Warner then began writing fiction for young readers. Her first novel, DOG YEARS (1995), has sold almost 90,000 copies--in Italy! Sally Warner did the cartoons herself.

To date, Sally Warner has had 30 novels published, mostly for ages 8--12. One of her most popular books so far was SORT OF FOREVER (1998, still available through Scholastic Book Club), which has sold close to 250,000 copies! She also writes for younger readers, ages 7-10; the books in her previous funny series for Viking (ONLY EMMA, NOT-SO-WEIRD EMMA, SUPER EMMA, BEST FRIEND EMMA, and EXCELLENT EMMA) have been getting lots of positive attention. Five ELLRAY JAKES books have come out in the last couple of years, and the 6th-ELLRAY JAKES IS MAGIC! will be out in spring, 2014. Three more EllRays are in the works.

Sally Warner and her husband live in Southern California. She has four step-daughters, five step-grandchildren, and two sons who both have active careers in the arts: dance/choreography/teaching, and stereoscopic computer generated imagery for television and movies. For her family, the arts were definitely not a frill!

For photos, cartoons, and more information on her books: www.sallywarner.com

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