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 kittyfan514

It was really good. There were many entertaining parts and it was adorable! It was a little boring at some parts but if you get through those there is sure to be a twist down the corner. I recommend this book to everyone but probably a 3rd grade reading level.

Sep 05, 2023 09:02 PM
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Best book ever

Review by DIYDollhouse

I read this book a while ago and decided to give it a review. It is my favorite book (not exagerrating). Totally recommend!

Mar 10, 2023 02:16 PM
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All Zelly wants, is a D-O-G. Great page turner, and dog/animal lovers!

Review by BusDriverBuggie5

Dogs. Dogs. DOGS! That's all Zelly can talk about. Meet Zelly, a girl who just wants a dog, but her parents won't let her get one. Otherwise, she may just listen to crazy old Grandpa Ace's plan. Zelly knows her chances may get further if she follows through on Ace's plan. But again, all she wants is the dog. Is Ace truly right?? The story is based throughout Zelly continuously going through stages to get her dog. She even does pretty wacky and wild adventures to try to get her dog. Go through a wild ride with Zelly; as the book is jam packed with activity and wildness! This book was not everything I hoped for, I wish there could be some more curve balls thrown in, but it was extremely 'motivating' for me to get my own dog! And for people who already have dogs or own pets, its great to understand the life and struggle that Zelly goes through, and how she flattens all her bumps throughout the story. Great book and recommended to all. Not to long but good hooking book to keep you going!

Jan 05, 2023 06:28 PM
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pretty good

Review by PJPanther

This book was okay, it was pretty entertaining and funny but the first one was better.

Nov 17, 2022 07:31 PM
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I loved this book!

Review by Anabelle1110

This book is super funny, and the author did a great job!! I totally recommend this

Aug 08, 2022 03:56 PM