The small child with substantial difficulties returns within the 7th publication of this cherished series!
 
It’s nearly Christmas and college goes nice for EllRay. He’s “blending in” simply the best way he likes. So whilst his father tells him he will be proud to join the African-American “community,” EllRay isn’t so yes he desires to name consciousness to his adjustments. in any case, he’s just one of 2 boys in his category with brown dermis. after which, absolutely by chance, he insults the opposite boy—one of his most sensible friends—and unexpectedly EllRay’s again to being the guts of realization. and never precisely for stable reasons.
 
With Sally Warner’s trademark humorousness and spot-on discussion, EllRay confronts questions about race and the way it affects either himself and everybody round him.
 
“Kids of all stripes will determine with EllRay and his unwittingly hilarious antics.”—Booklist
 
A Junior Library Guild selection
A Scholastic ebook membership selection
A Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner 2012-13

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Sanchez—or even relevant James—makes my belly damage. I wouldn’t are looking to need to decide upon who's correct, even if I’m beautiful certain my mom and dad might get my vote—even in the event that they have been incorrect. We’re like relatives. Wait. i suppose we're kin! “EllRay,” Dad says. “Wake up. Please move inform your mom that the automobile is leaving in 3 mins. Starting—now,” he provides, tapping his watch. GEEZ. Like her being past due is all my fault! She’s most likely simply attempting to inform Melanie—our very cool teenage babysitter, who's in love together with her cellphone and her boyfriend, in that order—what to do in case Alfie has a meltdown this night. along with name her boyfriend. But—“Okay,” I say, and that i scramble towards the sound of Alfie yelling approximately her pajamas now not being lovable adequate to put on. now not on this type of exact evening as this. I’m outnumbered, that’s evidently! five the other OF epidermis colour “Hey, blood brother. received a minute? ” Dad says the following evening, Friday, getting into my room part an hour ahead of bedtime. “Sure,” I inform him, already anticipating his pretend-tough-guy knuckle-rub on my head, that's his model of a hug. i'm on my mattress, surrounded via a pile of the toy advertisements that have been crammed during this morning’s newspaper. I’ve been creating a vacation want checklist and looking for the proper Christmas current for Alfie. I’m taking into account getting my little sister a crimson plastic pony with a silky darkish mane and tail she will comb. She likes something adorable, and issues she will be able to comb, and this one pony i discovered even has nice massive eco-friendly eyes. ideal. It even has eyelashes. “The worser the better,” mother jokes approximately Alfie’s favourite toys. mother groaned at breakfast whilst she observed the Christmas advertisements. “Oh, now not again,” she acknowledged. “It appears like Christmas used to be simply final month. ” I don’t get it! How can grownups suppose that method? To me and all my acquaintances, it kind of feels as if final Christmas occurred 100 years in the past! or even if the grownups believe that method approximately it, they shouldn’t say something. Why try and spoil it? simply because Christmas is the easiest. 1. No college. 2. provides. three. plenty of events and good things to devour. Chips and dips. sweet. And cookies. What’s so lousy approximately that? Dad piles up many of the colourful advertisements to get them out of ways, perches at the fringe of my mattress, and reaches over to knuckle-rub my hair. “Are you creating a record and checking it two times? ” he asks, smiling as he appears at one of many advertisements. “I imagine it’s alleged to be Santa Claus who does that,” I inform him. My dad occasionally will get the main points flawed on basic individual stuff. “So,” Dad says, by—nothing. Uh-oh. What’s up? “We’re nonetheless having Santa on the meeting, aren’t we? ” I ask, simply because that’s most likely one of many issues they referred to on the P. T. A. assembly final evening. and that i look ahead to these tiny sweet canes all yr, since you can jam a complete one on your mouth, after which you get a true drool-factory going. purely you need to make sure you continue your mouth close, because—slur-r-r-r-p! “It appears to be like that way,” Dad says, giggling. “A few individuals of the anti-sugar brigade didn’t just like the sweet cane inspiration a lot, yet I can’t see Santa passing out celery stalks, are you able to?

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