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When Life Gives You O.J.

Knopf Books for Young Readers (ages 8-12)



State Book Award finalist: Vermont

State Book Award finalist: Rhode Island

Amazon Best Middle Grade Book of the Month!

Now available in all sorts of great formats, including audiobook!

(*Starred Review, School Library Journal)

For years, almost-eleven-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 O.J., 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 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.

Cover art by David Goldin.

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