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Bobby the Brave (Sometimes)

Written by Lisa Yee

Illustrated by Dan Santat

"Nothing to fear but fear itself?" Yeah, right.

In his last adventure, Bobby Ellis-Chan got stuck to a tree, had underwear attached to his back, and faced down a whole wolf pack of girls. What could be scarier or more embarrassing than that?

Oh, how about a new gym teacher named Mr. Wiener House…
Getting chased by a cat with twenty-seven toes…
Dancing onstage in the class musical…
Playing football with his dad - a pro linebacker (or even worse… with his sister!).

He's sometimes brave, he's sometimes silly, he's frequently in trouble, and he's always fun to read about. He's Bobby!

Reviews and Awards

“Fourth grader Bobby Ellis Chen is back and just as insecure as ever (Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally), 2009). He is sure he is a disappointment to his father, a former pro-football star turned stay-at-home dad. Bobby can barely throw a football farther than a few inches, and he's even less likely to catch one. He selects the role of the dog in his class’s version of Annie so he won’t have to remember lines and embarrass himself in front of an audience. There’s also a scary, 27-toed neighborhood cat, a pair of dancing goldfish and a furry costume that leads to disaster. Yee’s understanding of nine-year-olds as they carom from highs to lows without any idea of how they got there makes the situations and characters completely believable. Santat’s black-and-white sketches add a lighthearted touch. Bobby is a charmer who will win readers’ hearts as they recognize that he is a good friend, a loving big brother and a talented skateboarder—and that his father is, indeed, very proud of him.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Bobby Ellis-Chan is back in another charming story about an average fourth-grade boy from an unconventional family.... Bobby’s classmates, friends, and family ring true; Yee has created believable and endearing characters. There’s an excellent chapter in which the class discusses Bobby’s asthma.... Readers will devour the fast-paced writing, spot-on dialogue, and heartfelt lessons embedded in the text and empathize with the sometimes-brave Bobby, his worries about his place in his family and at school, and his struggles and successes.” - School Library Journal

“This sequel will please Bobby's fans and win over new ones.” - Horn Book

“True to a kid’s viewpoint, the fast, wry narrative and familiar scenarios will grab readers.” - Booklist

Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Fall 2010
Illustrated Novel
ISBN: 978-0-545-05594-9
Price: $15.99 / $19.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Page Count: 160
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Writers House
Rights Available? yes

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