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

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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.

About Erica S. Perl

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Erica S. Perl is the author of several books for young readers, including DOTTY, CHICKEN BEDTIME IS REALLY EARLY, and the well-loved CHICKEN BUTT! books. Erica lives in Washington D.C. with her family, but you can visit her at www.ericaperl.com.Jackie Urbanovic is the author and illustrator of the Max the duck series which includes two NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Duck at the Door and Duck Soup. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and shares her studio with two playful dogs and one lovable cat. You can visit her online at www.jackieurbanovic.com.
Published June 14, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 210 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Be careful what you wish for is the premise of this mildly amusing novel about a girl who aches for a dog.

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In this warm novel about family, friendship, and fitting in, 10-year-old Zelly and her family move from Brooklyn to Vermont to live with her recently widowed grandfather, Ace. An eccentric and vocifer

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With summer upon her, 10-year-old Zelly finds herself alone and in need of something to do. Her grandfather Ace takes it upon himself to give her a goal to work toward: proving to her parents that she

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