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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201 Reviews

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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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When Life Gives You O.J.

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Good book and full of laughs!

Review by Measmsocool

This book was very funny! I mean giving your grandchild an emptied orange juice bottle and then saying it’s her practice dog? 😂

Jun 03, 2021 04:00 PM
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When Life Gives You O.J

Review by crazepug

Hi!! I'm Sara Nappi and I read the book When Life Gives You O.J. This book is on based on a girl Zelly who wanted a dog but, when she tells her grandpa, he comes up with a CRAZY idea to train Zelly with a practice dog which is a O.J. jug! Will Zelly make it through?!?

Jun 01, 2021 06:02 PM
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When Life Gives You OJ

Review by KelseyandAmielFamily

This book was ok, but hard to get all the way through.

Jun 01, 2021 12:06 PM
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Not so good

Review by PMarin


May 08, 2021 11:35 AM
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so good!

Review by Moshkid

This is a really good book and I implore you to get it!! It also has a sequel called Ace's Wild which I think is even better, but as I said, this book is really good, two.

May 04, 2021 02:46 PM