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EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star!

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Third-grader's struggle to look cool gets him in trouble.

Book Sally Warner School 2011
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This book is not long on details or character development -- half a dozen two-dimensional third-graders are rapidly introduced in the first couple of pages. However, EllRay's situation in his peer group seems realistic, and the feelings of guilt and confusion EllRay faces definitely hit home. Warner's humorous approach to playground struggles, and the structure of the book -- with the narrative broken up by the mental lists that EllRay makes -- keep things light and engaging for middle-grade readers.

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