Emily L is our winner!
As school has recently come to a close, it’s important to keep young minds occupied and brains stimulated. On the other hand, kids need to be entertained enough to keep on reading. A new book called When Life Gives You O.J. combines the two necessary attributes for a great summer read.
Called a “warm novel about family, friendship, and fitting in” by Publisher’s Weekly, When Life Gives You O.J. is about a girl named Zelly who is miserable because she had to move from New York, where she felt she fit in, to Vermont, where her frizzy hair and crazy jewish family and makes her feel like an outsider. Like most kids, almost-eleven-year-old Zelly Fried desperately wants a dog. Unlike most kids, Zelly has a very unusual grandfather named Ace. So when Zelly begs for a dog, Ace intervenes and Zelly ends up with O.J. instead. Who is definitely not a dog. What’s O.J.? O.J. is a “practice dog” made from an old plastic orange juice jug with a dog’s face drawn on the side. Now Zelly’s not just the new girl or just the weird new girl (tongue sandwich for lunch, anyone?) — she’s dangerously close to becoming the weird new girl who walks around dragging a dumb old plastic jug, her “practice dog.” Is Ace’s plan so crazy it just might work, or is it just plain – as Ace would say –meshugge?
This book is entertaining from the start. I used to work for a Jewish man who taught me quite a few Yiddish terms and I got quite a kick out of him. So it comes as no surprise that I enjoyed this first chapter. With so much stress going on in our daily lives, who couldn’t use a lighthearted escape while sunning on the beach?
This copy though, will be going to my nephew. I think he’ll really enjoy this one (and have time to read) more than I will.
BUY IT! When Life Gives You O.J. is now on sale at Amazon for under $11.00.
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