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When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl
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When Life Gives You O.J.

by Erica S. Perl

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Narrated by Abigail Revasch. Zelly longs for a dog now that her family has moved to Vermont from Brooklyn to live with her widowed grandpa Ace. Ace suggests she care for a fake dog (made from an orange juice bottle, hence the title) in order to show she can be a responsible dog-owner. It's an embarrassing project but will it get her a real dog? Revasch gives this the lively treatment it merits. Her Zelly is girlish while her Ace comes off as a sometimes intimidating crank. But this is more than a light story about dog care and the family eccentric. Zelly's insecurities, her new friendship with Jeremy, and her family's Jewish background add substance. Revasch handles the emotional shifts with aplomb. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Zelly’s grandfather, Ace, has a crazy idea to convince Zelly’s parents to let her get a dog. Zelly wants a dog more than anything, but can she go through with Ace's embarrassing plan? ( )
  TBE | Oct 22, 2015 |
A sweet, funny story with charming characters. The cover art is certainly among cutest of the year. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Zelly Fried desperately wants a dog. Her grandfather, Ace, suggest that Zelly shows how responsible she can be by taking care of a practice dog – an empty orange juice container. In the process, Zelly learns a lot, about loyalty, friendship, and being true to herself. ( )
  STBA | Mar 20, 2013 |
A solid story about a girl who wants to have a dog, so her grandfather convinces her to drag around an o.j. container as a pretend dog. It's also really more about how different she feels from others because she's Jewish and originally from Brooklyn, but now lives in Vermont. No one else looks quite like her or has a grandfather like her. So even though she reluctantly agrees to the o.j. plan, she doesn't embrace it until after her grandfather has a heart attack. Ultimately, the book is more about her relationship with her grandfather than about dogs. ( )
  ChristianR | Jul 11, 2012 |
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For years, 10-year-old Zelly Fried has tried to convince her parents to let her have a dog. After all, practically everyone in Vermont owns a dog, and it sure could go a long way helping Zelly fit in since moving there from Brooklyn. But when her eccentric grandfather Ace hatches a ridiculous plan involving a "practice dog" named OJ, Zelly's not so sure how far she's willing to go to win a dog of her own. Is Ace's plan so crazy it just might work . . . or is it just plain crazy?

Erica S. Perl weaves an affectionate and hilarious tale that captures the enduring bond between grandparents and grandchildren.  Even when they're driving each other nuts.

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Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade she takes care of a "practice dog" made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she is ready for the responsibility, even though she is sometimes not entirely sure about the idea.… (more)

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