When EllRay sees his little sister getting picked on at school, EllRay wants to share his wisdom and experience as the older brother and protector. But Alfie doesn't want his advice - she just wants the girls at school to be nice to her, and she'll do anything those girls want if they'll just be her friend. How can EllRay protect Alfie if she won't follow his suggestions?
This is the first book I have read in this series (this is book #4), and I think EllRay is darling. The bullying theme in this story is timely. Jake tries to handle things himself - his parents seem aware of what's going on with Alfie, but they are trying to give her space to work things out on her own if she can. You may question EllRay's methods when he tries to help, but his heart is in the right place. I think this would be a great book to read as a family or in a classroom and then talk about what EllRay does, what Alfie does, what the parents do, and what your kids think they might do in a similar situation. This is one of those "transitional chapter books" that I love because it is written at a higher reading level, but the content is appropriate for younger kids who are ready for chapter books.
4 out of 5 stars
AR Reading level of 4.5
Here are some of the other books in this series: