Skip to main content
Cover for EllRay Jakes the Recess King!

EllRay Jakes the Recess King!

Sally Warner, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)


List Price: 5.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/25/2015)
Hardcover (5/5/2015)


“Kids of all stripes will identify with EllRay and his unwittingly hilarious antics.”—Booklist

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!

Praise For EllRay Jakes the Recess King!


“Warner is a dead-on observer of playground politics, and has a great ear for dialogue.”

School Library Journal

“Ideal for reluctant readers.”


“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

A Junior Library Guild selection

A Scholastic Book Club selection

A Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner 2012-13

Puffin Books, 9780147512529, 176pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

About the Author

Sally Warner ( has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky.