Bound To Stay Bound

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 EllRay Jakes rocks the holidays!
 Author: Warner, Sally

 Illustrator: Biggs, Brian

 Publisher:  Viking
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 143 p., ill., 22 cm.

 BTSB No: 920706 ISBN: 9780451469090
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 School stories
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Family life -- California -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 California -- Fiction

Price: $18.61

Book 7: Third-grader EllRay dreads the upcoming Winter Wonderland school assembly in which he must emcee and sing "Jingle Bell Rock."

EllRay Jakes, 7

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 169643
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 64787

   School Library Journal (11/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2014 Gr 2–4—Though he's the smallest kid in his class, EllRay Jakes is huge when it comes to heart: this is one protagonist that readers of all stripes will gravitate toward. In this funny yet poignant holiday tale, the African American boy fears that his principal is encouraging him to emcee the school's winter concert merely as a nod to diversity. Warner perceptively addresses heavy issues such as race and culture as well as EllRay's more typical anxieties relating to friendship, family, and stage fright. Another gentle but satisfying outing with EllRay. - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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