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EllRay Jakes is NOT a Chicken!
Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes is sick of getting picked on. But every time he tries to defend himself against class bully Jared Matthews, EllRay is the one who winds up in trouble. It's just not fair! Then his dad offers him a deal: If EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, they'll go to Disneyland! But being good for one whole week is not so easy. . .

First listen to Sally Warner sharing a little bit about her book EllRay Jakes is NOT a Chicken. and reading from chapter six.

Next, explain that EllRay Jakes has become a series of books and show the new covers.

Visit the author's web site to read her biography and learn more about her books: : Sally Warner

Free stuff from Sally Warner Read an interview with author, Sally Warner from Princess Reviews

Jamie Harper - Illustrator website Jamie Harper Studio Blog

Themes: Bullying School Stories Friendship

Discussion: What is bullying and what can be done about it?

Links on Bullying

PBS Kids What is Bullying and additional links on bullying.

Kid Power! Download PDF: Explains what bullying is and steps to take to prevent it.

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Pair this book up with school stories books by authors: Andrew Clements, Sara Pennypacker, and Tom Angelberger.


Ms. Murphy is challenging all her library students and teachers to take the Choose Kind pledge this year. Share your experiences with bullying and help us decide how we are not going to put up with it any more!

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August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. WONDER by R.J. Palacio begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness"—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

More from EllRay Jakes


EllRay Jakes is a Rock-Star!
Everyone has something to brag about in EllRay's third-grade class. Corey's on the swim team, Kevin is super tall, Jared's dad has an ATV (with flames!). But what about EllRay? He isn't about to gloat about how his geologist dad collects rocks. Boring! Or is it? The crystals in his dad's office are really cool looking. And if EllRay just "borrows" them to show his classmates, he knows they be impressed. He'll be a rock star-literally! And his dad will never have to know. It's a fail-safe plan . . . until everything doesn't go according to plan.


EllRay Jakes Walks the Plank!
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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Sally Warner-author
Jamie Harper-illustrator
Penguin Books for Young Readers
R. J. Palacios
Kid Power
The It Gets Better Project