Eight-year-old EllRay is down to one-and-a-half best friends, which leads his little sister to point out the obvious: he needs new friends. A spare, at least. For emergencies. So EllRay decides to audition other boys for the role of Spare Best Friend.
EllRay's class is brimming with possibilities, but no one seems to share his exact interests. What's so great about car parts? And why would anyone think boring instruction manuals are fun to read? But EllRay isn't worried—he can fix any problems once he gets to know each kid. And the only way to get to know them is to come up with fun things to do at recess. When he's the Recess King, "everyone" will want to be his friend!