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About Sally Warner
My most recent series for Viking Children's Books are THE EMMA BOOKS: Only Emma, Super Emma, Excellent Emma, and three others, for kids 7 - 10, and THE ELLRAY JAKES BOOKS: EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken!, EllRay Jakes is Magic!, my most recent book, EllRay Jakes the Recess King!, and five others-with the last one, EllRay Jakes Stands Tall! coming out soon. These are from Viking too, and are also for kids ages 7 - 10.
EllRay's younger sister Alfie has her own series coming, too, between 2016 - 2018. This series takes place three years after the last EllRay book, making Alfie Jakes seven years old when the first book begins - and her big brother EllRay eleven years old. And tall!
An interesting thing about these most recent series - THE EMMA BOOKS and THE ELLRAY JAKES BOOKS - is that all fifteen of them feature the same kids in the same third grade class! Writing the books was like dong a giant puzzle, in a way. But the stories are told from either Emma's or EllRay's point of view, of course.
While I am not able to do school visits at this time, I am always available through my new website - www.sallywarnerbooks.com - and will be happy to answer your questions and read what you have to say. I love my mail! Thanks again for visiting my page, and keep reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally Warner worked first as an artist and an art teacher, exhibiting her drawings all over the country. After writing three books on creativity for adults, she started writing fiction for children. The author of the popular Sort of Forever (Knopf Books for Young Readers, ages 8 - 12), Sally also wrote the internationally popular middle readers Dog Years (also Knopf, a favorite in Italy) and How to be a Real Person (in Just One Day), (Knopf again, and still doing very well in South America). Sally has sold more than 800,000 books to date.
Sally was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California. She attended school in Pasadena. She then received her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine art from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.
Sally and her husband - writer Christopher Davis - live in Southern California.
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Eight-year-old EllRay is down to one-and-a-half best friends, and his little sister points out the obvious: he needs more! So EllRay decides to audition other boys for the part, the way his sister is auditioning for the lead role in her day care’s spring play. Now, EllRay has to come up with fun things to do at recess, because when he’s the Recess King, everyone will want to be his friend!
There's a new game in town—basketball! Or in Ellray's case, pre-basketball. Coach Havens has all the third graders dribbling, passing, and shooting, and he's quick to compliment EllRay's skills. No one else seems to notice them, however, and as 'the shortest kid in the class,' EllRay is still chosen last for teams at recess. What's a short guy gotta do to get noticed?? When EllRay comes up with a plan that involves the off-limits teacher's lounge, everyone does a double take!
PRAISE FOR THE ELLRAY JAKES SERIES:
"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 on EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star!
"The EllRay Jakes stories are just right for his real-life peers."—Kirkus on EllRay Jakes Walks the Plank
Does EllRay have a talent to put on show for the entire school?
When EllRay and his friends hear about the school talent show, they’re not impressed. They’re too old for that stuff. But their teacher, Mrs. Sanchez, isn’t so quick to let her students off the hook. Five students absolutely must try-out, and EllRay somehow ends up being one of them. Now he has to figure out something he’s talented at….like, maybe magic?
But now the pressure’s on. It’s up to EllRay to take the stage and show his classmates and the whole school that he’s not only talented but magic.
Not giving up without a fight, EllRay asks his older neighbor to show him a few jaw-dropping skateboard moves—like ollies and kickflips. EllRay must learn as many tricks as he can before the secret boys-only third grade skate-off. But will it be enough?
EllRay Jakes may be the smallest kid in his class at Oak Glen Primary School, but he’s also his sister Alfie’s big brother. So when it looks like Alfie is being bossed around by a dragon-like girl at her school, EllRay feels responsible. As her older (and wiser!) brother, shouldn’t he show her that she should stand up for herself?
But little sisters and four year old dragons are a bit more complicated than he thought. . . .
Check out the other books in the EllRay Jakes series: EllRay Jakes Is Not A Chicken!, EllRay Jakes is a Rock Star!, and EllRay Jakes Walks the Plank!
It’s almost Christmas and school is going great for EllRay. He’s “blending in” just the way he likes. So when his father tells him he should be proud to be part of the African-American “community,” EllRay isn’t so sure he wants to call attention to his differences. After all, he’s only one of two boys in his class with brown skin. And then, totally by accident, he insults the other boy—one of his best friends—and all at once EllRay’s back to being the center of attention. And not exactly for good reasons.
With Sally Warner’s trademark sense of humor and spot-on dialogue, EllRay confronts questions about race and how it impacts both himself and everyone around him.
“Kids of all stripes will identify with EllRay and his unwittingly hilarious antics.”—Booklist
A Junior Library Guild selection
A Scholastic Book Club selection
A Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner 2012-13
At once charming, funny, and thoughtful, this fourth book about eightyear- old Emma is sure to find new fans.