Zelly wants a dog more than anything. Her grandfather, Ace, has a crazy idea to convince her parents to let her get one. Can she go through with Ace’s embarrassing plan?
Ages 9+
Pages 240
Publisher Penguin Random House
Coming Aug 2020
Sydney Taylor Notable Book
School Library Journal Starred Review

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Exciting, funny and just right for you!

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What would you do if you really wanted a dog? Plead to your parents to get you one? Well, Zelly Fried has already tried that at least one hundred times. One day, Zelly’s grandfather, Ace, decides to help her. Ace has a plan, but will it work? And even if it does, Zelly’s not sure she wants to risk getting laughed at at school. To find out what Ace’s crazy plan is and if Zelly does get a real dog, read this book. It’s exciting, funny and just right for you!

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Review by Duckie2011

I LOVE this book! It is no joke one of my favorite books ever!

Apr 04, 2022 06:36 PM
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Cute book about a dog made out of an old Carden of Orange

Review by musickid

Could something so crazy really be so wonderful? Try reading the book!

Apr 03, 2022 06:22 PM
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This book was awesome!

Review by so8tu

I loved this book! It was really fun to read, and I loved the characters. I also thought that grandpa Ace and Zelly's little brother were hilarious. And if you like this book, the second is amazing, too.

Mar 05, 2022 12:34 PM
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Review by Mack10

It was good.

Mar 02, 2022 02:45 PM
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Get the dog, or make the dog. Great book!

Review by BusDriverBuggie5

Zelly is dog crazy. She has been begging her parents for her dog as long as she can remember. Or as long as her Grandpa Ace can remember. Zelly's dog loving plan soon turns into Ace's crazy plan of how to get a dog. Zelly thinks Ace's idea is bananas! After all, who would want to have a fake dog? Zelly learns the importance of Ace's plan, and strikes even further to get her own dog. This book is hilarious, funny, and warms your heart each chapter you read. Want a dog? Let Zelly, or Grandpa Ace teach you how!

Feb 07, 2022 06:40 PM