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When Life Gives You OJ

By: Erica S. Perl

Contemporary Fiction

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+

240 pages

Random House

Average Rating: (61 Ratings)

Terrible and boring
Submitted 10/9/2017 by rosereader

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is boring and confusing thumbs down do not read this book

Sweet Read!
Submitted 10/5/2017 by waterfall727

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I also have Zelly's problem of wanting a dog but never getting one, even if I beg my parents so much! That is why this book was interesting to me.

Must read this book!😄📚
Submitted 10/4/2017 by 10232008

I liked this book.

Wait, what? I don't understand. Oh! Whoa, I totally LOVE ❤️ this book!!!!! Hilarious 😂! It's about a girl who wants a dog and- wait, it's so good I don't wanna give it away!

Loooovvvvee It!
Submitted 10/3/2017 by Aniexplore

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I love that Ace helped Zelly get a dog. MUST READ!!!!!
I forgot to get Aces Wild, but it won't happen again.

Best Book ever
Submitted 9/10/2017 by denvercatlover

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I liked the characters and the plot. The book gives a lot of inspiration and the writing provides a lot detail.

I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/8/2017 by ZNYC

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was very fun but also a tiny bit sad.
it will remind you of...
the importance of family
That you always love your family
And that you have to work hard to get what you want

Would totally read!!!
Submitted 9/7/2017 by yhoff

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I would definitely read this book, but when I first got it, I put it away. Then a couple months later I got another copy of the book. I decided that it was time to try and I tried it and finished and I loved it.

SUPER FUNNY!!!!!!
Submitted 9/4/2017 by Legabear123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

a great book about a girl and what she does to get a dog

So cute😍
Submitted 9/3/2017 by Prettybutton

Love it!!!
I loved oj the dog. He was a practice dog given to her by her grandfather so that she could get a real dog. She is taking care of a bottle of milk!!

Thumbs Up
Submitted 9/3/2017 by ORGoose

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

great book
Submitted 9/2/2017 by rozmoz

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Submitted 8/6/2017 by ELGoBlue

Thumbs up!

I liked it and wanted my parents to read it.

SUPER GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 8/4/2017 by Legabear123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

super good. shows us that sometimes you have to try your best. also that you can be friends with everyone

Practice Dog? really
Submitted 8/3/2017 by largemouthbass

I liked this book.

This was an interesting book that wanted to keep me reading. Very long book. This was a good book but I didn't find any meaning to it.

GREAT
Submitted 8/1/2017 by wolflover

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was really good! At first it was slow going, but once you got into it, you couldn't stop! you should get this book. Also, there is another book, Aces Wild, that you should read. If you don't get this book, READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEST BOOK EVER!!!
Submitted 7/28/2017 by Treekangaroo

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

When life gives you O.J. is about a girl who really wants a dog. but that isn't all that the book is about you also hear about the crazy things happening in her life. If you want to learn those things... READ THE BOOK!

LOVED ITTTTT!!!!!!
Submitted 7/9/2017 by diamondsword008

READ THIS BOOK. IT IS AWESOMEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Everyone has to read this!
Submitted 7/8/2017 by artgirl11

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I totally recommend it! I've seen this book before, and haven't exactly wanted to read it. But when I read more about it, I thought it sounded super good! This is my new favorite book.

SO confusing!!!
Submitted 7/7/2017 by Evil Lulla

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was sweet, but I only understood like three sentences. It was soooooooo confusing!!!!!!!!!! There should be a warning sign on the cover saying CAUTION: only read if you like being confused.

Amazing!
Submitted 7/5/2017 by PlatypusRule

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

The beginning makes you think that it won't be an interesting book, but the ending is very interesting.

This book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 7/5/2017 by fuzzy

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved how Zelly sticks with her promises.

AWESOME!
Submitted 7/4/2017 by Chadasa

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

you have to read this book!

very wow much interest.
Submitted 7/3/2017 by moniur2312

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book was super good it made me laugh inside and outside! really good book must read DOGE DOGE

A very very good book!
Submitted 7/3/2017 by graciouslight

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This was a very good book, even though around the time Zelly's Grandfather has a heart attack it became a tear jerker for me because she finally understood her Grandfather and his way of her getting a dog of her own.

I liked how Zelly learns she is doing the practice dog, not for her Grandfather's sake but to show her parents she is responsible enough to have a dog of her own. Zelly's Grandfather had Zelly do a practice dog not for his sake but simply for hers.

I will definitely try to get my hands on the book called "Aces Wild."

Funniness mixed in with child struggles and family time!
Submitted 7/3/2017 by alinalovesnyc

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

When Life Gives You O.J. is an excellent book for two reasons: it actually captures the idea of childhood and it has references with all crazy, funny, bossy, sarcastic Grandpa's!

goodish
Submitted 7/2/2017 by wolfforest9707

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

it was not the best cuz it stalls forever

When life gives you orange juice, drink it and use the carton in a weird idea hatched by your zeyde.
Submitted 6/21/2017 by Zephyros777

I liked this book.

This book is very... how do I say this? Yiddish. It just has all the aspects of a Yiddish story. It has the people (obviously Jewish), the random interspersing of Yiddish words, and the crazy idea (read it to find out... all I will say is orange juice cartons are involved)! Also... DOGS! DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG! The thought of a "practice dog" is silly enough in itself, but having an orange juice carton as the "practice dog" is even more hilarious.

O.J. is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 6/20/2017 by soccerreader8

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is about a girl who pretends an orange juice carton is her dog. It is fun to read about her making new friends and connecting with family all because of O.J. This is a great book!!!

BOOOORRRRRIIIIIIINNNGGGGG
Submitted 6/7/2017 by jkw046

This book was just OK

DO NOT READ!!!!!!

Submitted 5/29/2017 by skireader

This book is so good!
Submitted 5/6/2017 by rhp

This book hooks you from the second you open it. Hilarious characters, and a dog made from an Orange Juice container. You will not want to put it down!

AWESOME
Submitted 5/4/2017 by baseball8

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Totally AWESOME

Omg
Submitted 5/2/2017 by Ilovecookies

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This is the best book I have ever read. You should read it too!

Submitted 5/1/2017 by amyzlot

This book was just OK

when life gives you OJ
Submitted 3/3/2017 by seaside

Thumbs up!

I really liked this book because it is about this kid who really wants a dog and her grandfather tells her to take care of a orange juice carton. I would rate this book a 10/10.

OK
Submitted 3/2/2017 by eldest1

I looked at the cover and I was like aww OJ's so cute but then I read the book and was disappointed that OJ never was like that. THis book was still ok though.

Like
Submitted 3/1/2017 by fruitgirl

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I thought this book was slow moving at the beginning, but then it became faster. It also makes you feel like accepting your family.

A good, but hilarious book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/1/2017 by lucykitty6

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book and I can't wait to read the sequel!!!!

Submitted 10/7/2016 by kdw954

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

COOL, COOL, COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

I 100 Percent Loved This Book
Submitted 7/3/2016 by BeccaPaige

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I am 10 years old and I loved this book! My average reading level would be 3rd grade through 5th or possibly 6th, but anyone any age would enjoy this book. I just loved this book and I would recommend taking my advice because you may enjoy this book as much as I did! If you liked it get the sequel called Aces Wild! This book is a must have!

Great book
Submitted 3/1/2016 by BrownHair

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really liked this book. I can relate to it because I also REALLY want a dog. I liked how Jeremy was very friendly and stood up to Nicky. Also I thought Allie's friends were being really mean to Zelda. This book left me with a lot to think about! You should read this book!

Great book and highly recommend
Submitted 2/1/2016 by CP boy

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was a wonderful book. It was funny. You should chose this book.

REALLY GOOD
Submitted 1/5/2016 by rachelnyc

I loved this book!

read this book

Need OJ, read this book!
Submitted 12/17/2015 by toco

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

BULLS EYE! This is the best book ever. It makes you want to keep reading.

This is a must read book
Submitted 12/7/2015 by rhp

WOW! I really loved this book! Zelly really (reallyreallyreallyreallyreally) wants a dog. Her grandfather, Ace, comes up with a wacky idea to use an old orange juice jug as a "practice dog".Every day, Zelly must feed it, take it on two-three walks a day, and let it out to go to the bathroom (don't ask. read.) and it is way too awkward for Zelly to do all of this. Will Zelly get the dog she's always wanted? Will Ace come up with another weird idea in the sequel, Aces Wild? I don't know. You'll just have to read the book to find out!

Submitted 12/6/2015 by enpointe

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I think this book was awesome because her grandfather just changed a plastic dog into a a sort of live pet and then she got a real dog!!!!!

Submitted 12/2/2015 by rachelnyc

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book hooks you into it

awesome book!
Submitted 11/3/2015 by gymnast56

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I think "When Life Gives You Oj" was a great book! You should totally read it! By,Aviva Rubin

Submitted 10/10/2015 by ketsl10

funny

dog
Submitted 10/2/2015 by kungfusoccergirl9

Thumbs up!

girl wants dog. DOGE/DOGE/DOGE

A Hilarious Book
Submitted 8/8/2015 by Song

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Zelly really want a dog, but her parents are not so sure it's a good idea. As a solution to her problem, Zelly's grandpa decides to give Zelly a "practice dog" which was really just an orange juice jug that she had too "feed" and "take for walks" while Zelly is only wondering if her grandpa's crazy idea will work.

Funny, really good book!
Submitted 7/8/2015 by Narwhal Lover

Thumbs up!

I think that this was a really funny, good book, and extremely true to life. I mean, a ton of kids want a dog, and would do anything to get one! Well, almost anything. And the "practice dog" is awesome. All in all, When Life Gives You OJ is a good book, has funny moments, and has an awesomely happy ending. Oh, and an awesome name. I would definitely recommend this book.

The Best
Submitted 1/4/2015 by lionmoss

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I loved the detail in this book

Great Book!!
Submitted 1/1/2015 by Bunnyrific

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is such a great book. I love it. Soooooo GOOD

The Best!
Submitted 12/3/2014 by Parkerlulu

I loved this book!

This Book IS AWESOME IT'S LIKE THE BEST BOOK WOW!

This book was great!
Submitted 12/1/2014 by Dancer

I loved this book!

This book was about a girl named Zelly. She wants a dog so her grandfather comes up with a crazy idea to pretend that an orange juice jug is a dog. A practice dog. Zelly really went to extreme measures to get a dog and she won't stop until she does. I really liked this book because it drew me into it and I couldn't put it down! In all, When Life Gives You O.J. was a great book and you should read it.

You will love this book.
Submitted 11/16/2014 by woowoo

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

There's this girl named Zelly,she really wants a dog.Her parents won't let her get a dog.She makes a dog out of an orange juice jug.

I realy looooooooove this book
Submitted 11/14/2014 by Leah

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book is really good

OJ
Submitted 11/8/2014 by CurlyGirlie

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I think that this book was awesome! Ace is really funny and he always had cool but bad jokes. Zelly is funny and is sometimes going along with Ace's bad jokes. You should read this book.

MUST READ
Submitted 11/7/2014 by Pittsburgh

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

A perfect book for people who want to get a dog! A good book in general… not too long, not too short, interesting, and a bit funny.

Exciting, funny and just right for you!
Submitted 10/3/2014 by Design Team

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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Erica S. Perl

Author of When Life Gives You O.J. and Aces Wild

"The opinions of kids are what matters most."
 

Erica S. Perl has always enjoyed telling stories. She once convinced her parents that there was
“a little cow” living in their bathroom!

She is the author of ten books, including one called Chicken Butt (yup, you heard that right). Contrary to popular belief though, her favorite animal is not the chicken. She likes tapirs and capybaras (from the zoo), and sheep, goats, dogs, and guinea pigs.

Erica loves to write and, in her free time, she loves to sing.

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