When Life Gives You O.J.

When Life Gives You O.J. Traduction When Life Gives You Lemons, Make LemonadeWhen Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade Is A Proverbial Phrase Used To Encourage Optimism And A Positive Can Do Attitude In The Face Of Adversity Or Misfortune Quand La Vie Vous Donne Des Citrons, Faites De La Citronnade En Anglais When Life Gives You Lemons , Make Lemonade Est Une Expression Proverbiale Utilise Pour Encourager Une Attitude Optimiste Face L Adversit Ou Le Malheur When Life Gives You Lemons Traduction Franaise Linguee A Thai Proverb Says When Life Gives You A Hundred Reasons To Cry, Show Life That You Have A Thousandlife Gives Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisAt First, Life Gives Gentle Warning, But When We Do Not Understand, It Teaches Through Injury And Aggravation Dans Un Premier Temps, La Vie Douce Donne Un Avertissement, Mais Quand Nous Ne Comprenons Pas, Il Enseigne Cause De Blessures Et D AggravationFunny When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes When Life Gives You Lemons, Use Them To Make Lemonade , Is An Age Old Adage Used To Encourage Optimism In The Face Of Adversity Lemons Are Sour And Represent Life S Challenges, Whereas A Lemonade Is Sweet And Represents Facing Life S Challenges And Turning Them Into Something Positive In Other Words, Turning Negativity Into Positivity About Me When Life Gives Us When Life Gives Us Is For You I Hope To Become A Part Of Your Everyday Life I Want To Help You Simplify Your Life I Want To Inspire You To Live In The Moment And Enjoy Your Life As A Woman And Mother I Want To Motivate You To Be The Best Possible You, So You Can Focus On The Things That Really Matter I Want To Build Relationships And Nurture Them So That You Have A Place To Come When Youlife Gives You Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisWhen Life Gives You Batroc, Make French Toast Quand La Vie Te Donne Batroc, Fais Du Pain Perdu If Life Gives Youthan Five Minutes Of Pleasure Si La Vie Te Donne Plus Deminutes De Plaisir When Life Gives You Lemons Meaning, Definition, When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonadeis A Proverbial Expression Used To Inspire Optimism And A Positive Can Do Attitude In The Face Of Difficulty Or Misfortune Lemons Suggest Sourness Or Trouble In Life Making Lemonade Is Turning Them Into Something Positive Or Desirable

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J. (Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book, Amazon Best Book, multiple state book lists including MN, FL, VA, VT and RI) and ❰Download❯ ➸ When Life Gives You O.J.  Author Erica S. Perl – Stockbag.info

10 thoughts on “When Life Gives You O.J.

  1. says:

    Okay, so here's what I've been puzzling over with this book-- it's a PRIME example of the sort of book that sometimes struggles to find the right readers, I think. Because it takes real risks, in quiet ways. It doesn't announce itself as "quirky" or "zany." It just is those things, because it is human, and humans are those things...

    The book is charming, yes. It is funny. The characters are real. The writing is impossibly good, without requiring flourishes. It is smart and witty and SIMPLE. In theory, everyone is supposed to like all of those things. But somehow, books like this get misread. Or overlooked.

    What makes me love it best is what an irritating review I just read disliked about it. It is PARTICULAR. It is pointed. It is honest.

    If you need things to be sweet and sympathetic at every turn, or DRAMATIC, look elsewhere. This book has a tiny but real mean streak. It makes fun. It paints a real portait of real people with adept humor, and with empathy too, with humanity.

    Here is a test. If you LOVE this line like I do (whether or not you are Jewish) you will love the book. If you think this line is too mean, you maybe won't:

    "The camp Allie and her sister go to," said my mom, "is, well--"

    "IT'S FOR THE GOYIM," interrupted Ace.

    (and then, a few lines later, about the same church camp, and what they do there, and why Zelly can't go)


    It is not that the book is about Jews that makes it particular. It's that it's a little mean. Zelly doesn't like Ace. WE aren't supposed to entirely like him. And yet, we appreciate him on many levels.

    If this book resembles anything I've read, it resembles The View from Saturday. It's better than most of the books I've read this year. But it wasn't written, I don't think, for reviewers. It was written for kids smart enough to get it, human enough to laugh.

  2. says:

    OK, I'm biased (I'm the author), but here's what PW said:

    "In this warm novel about family, friendship, and fitting in... Perl (Vintage Veronica) offers a refreshing take on the grandparent-grandchild rapport. The novel strikes an admirable balance of humor and pathos--at times in the same scene."

    And modernjewishmom.com called it "a must-read for all 8-12 year olds."

    But don't just take our word for it, pour yourself a glass! Because O.J. isn't just for breakfast anymore.

  3. says:

    Children's librarians can be neatly divided into two categories with relatively little difficulty. Basically, they either love and adore dogs and all things doggie related or they don't. I don't. I was never the kid begging her parents for a hound. I did not dream of fluffy golden retriever puppies or watch the Westminster Dog Show on television with undiluted envy. As an adult, I've maintained my canine-related neutrality admirably. I don't dislike dogs, but I don't obsess over them. So when folks hand me children's novels that hinge on wanting one, I know right off the bat that I'm not going to be able to relate. Still, I read them because there will be a whole host of children out there who can relate and I need to know if this book will be any good for them. If the book's going to be dog this, dog that I'm going to have a hard time. Far better to have a story with vibrant characters, unpredictable plotting, and conflict involving (amongst other things) and just a hint of 21st century anti-Semitism. Sure, When Life Gives You O.J. is a dog book in the strictest sense of the term, but I'd go out on a limb and say that there's stuff here for child readers of all stripes. Not just the dog-obsessed.

    That Zelly wants a dog is no secret. That her parents are not inclined to give in to her demands is understood. She begs. They refuse. So when she receives a note in her room one day that makes no sense, she has no idea what she's getting into. It reads: "KID, SEE ME IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU GET THIS. DO NOT SPEAK OF THIS TO ANYONE, NOT EVEN YOUR PARENTS OR YOUR BROTHER. ACE. P.S. I HOPE YOU ARE READY FOR THIS." Ace is Zelly's grandfather who is now living with her family ever since the death of Zelly's beloved bubbe (grandmother). He's a bit nutty and his plan seems to follow suit. Handing his granddaughter an empty orange juice container, Ace tells Zelly that all she has to do is treat it like a dog. You know. Take it for walks, feed it (a disgusting combo of dog food and water), clean up its poop (see: disgusting combo of dog food and water), etc. Of course, Zelly's parents aren't on board with this plan, and she has other things on her mind distracting her. There's the fact that her new friend went away to Bible camp and never wrote her. There's a new boy who's Jewish like she is and super friendly. And let's not forget the bully who would never let Zelly forget it if he saw her walking a wet dog food filled orange juice jug. Things aren't easy for Zelly and getting a dog appears to be the hardest thing of all. A glossary of Yiddish words appears at the end.

    Grandparents in children's literature appear in a variety of ways, but I think I can safely say that I've never encountered anyone quite like Ace before. Sometimes he reminded me of the grandfather in Louis Sachar's The Cardturner, but generally speaking Ace is an original. Perl's smart too. She starts off her book without giving you a clue as to who or what "Ace" really is. All you know is that Zelly has woken up to find a note swearing her to secrecy and attached to an empty orange juice jug on her nightstand. If I were a teacher handing out writing assignments I would have my kids read that first page, take in that information, and then write their predictions as to what the book is going to be about. I bet you'd get a range of genres, with some kids thinking there was an otherworldly connection as others imagine spy novels and secret messages. It's one heckuva opening and when you actually meet Ace he doesn't disappoint. That's where capitalized words (his preferred method of speech) will get you. They're noticeable.

    The book provides an interesting examination of sacrifice. The context considers what kids can do to persuade their parents to give them what they want (not what they need). Consistently throughout this book Zelly is told that she's not committed enough to her desire to have a dog. She talks the talk but can she walk the walk? Similarly her friend Jeremy knows a little something about giving up the thing you love the most and tries to council Zelly. That's on the surface. Dig a little deeper, though, and I couldn't help but think that the book does a pretty fabulous job at showing kids that if you're willing to appear just a little bit insane, not so much that your parents put you on Seroquel but enough to give them the shivers, as well as dedicated to that insanity, you can conquer the world. Not a message I see in books for kids as often as I'd like.

    A fellow librarian once pointed out to me that if you read a lot of contemporary children's fiction you would fall under the distinct impression that any and all humans of the Jewish persuasion disappeared after WWII. Which is to say, name me a couple chapter books starring contemporary Jewish kids where the whole point of the book ISN'T that they're Jewish. It can be done but it takes some doing. The only author I've run across lately who does it with consistency is Brenda Ferber (Jemma Hartman Camper Extraordinaire, etc.). Perl's book can now be added to that lamentably short list. Now when Kirkus reviewed this book they pretty much said that it was written for a niche audience. Which is to say, the book incorporates Yiddish words in the text and doesn't explain them until you reach the glossary at the end. I'm not sure what "niche" Kirkus thinks is going to read that, though, since I suspect that kids who don't run into Yiddish on a daily basis will have no difficulty whatsoever following the storyline. But even those that do aren't going to read this book because of that fact either. They're going to read the book because it involves a girl who lugs her orange juice container behind her like a dog. Which is to say, because it's funny.

    One element in the book did confuse me a bit. Zelly enters into this crazy plan of Ace's with the full knowledge that her parents aren't on board. Riddled with doubts, she nonetheless continues to "walk" and "feed" O.J. I'm not sure that I ever had a clear understanding of why this was. Insofar as I could tell her parents give her a pretty clear denial that any of this ridiculousness will lead to pet ownership. She does eventually reach the point I mentioned earlier where the dedication of near insanity tips the scales, but before that I wasn't sure what it was that kept Zelly going. A minor point.

    If I were feeling ambitious I could try to draw some correlation between contemporary Jewish children's books (Any Which Wall, Julia's Kitchen, etc.) and themes of fitting in, attacking the impossible with humor, etc. That's a fitting topic of a thesis and could not receive adequate attention in a mere review. Still, for all that When Life Gives You O.J. seems to be a silly story about a girl lugging an orange juice container around her block, it has the ability to make the reader think big. About familial relations and how we hold the living accountable for not being the idealized dead. About fitting in with the people you thought understood you. About getting what you want at any cost, even the high price of looking ridiculous. Erica Perl has placed a fascinating little title in a seemingly simple package. Top drawer all around.

    For ages 9-12.

  4. says:

    Sweet story I read with my third and fourth grade book club! Zelly’s family gives her a “practice” dog made out of a plastic jug to learn responsibility before deciding if she can have a real dog of her own. Along the way, Zelly also learns about friendship and not being ashamed of who you are. Her grandfather Ace is a great character. Ages 8 and up.

  5. says:

    Love the cover!
    This is the story of Zelly Fried, an 11 year-old Jewish girl from Brooklyn recently transplanted with her family to Burlington, VT to live with her widowed grandfather Ace. Zelly really wants a dog and Ace proposes the practice dog--an empty OJ jug-that she walks, feeds and even practices with cleaning up after. Through OJ, she meets Jeremy, also Jewish, who becomes a quick friend. This is more the story of finding your place--being proud of your heritage, and learning responsibility, than about getting a dog. It's about growing up. A very pleasant read.

  6. says:

    I loved this book. Zelly, like a lot of 10 year olds, is feeling that life has given her a sack lemons. Her family left NY to move to Vermont and the only good that could come of it is that she could finally have a dog of her own. But her parent nix the plan. Luckily, her wacky grandfather has a wacky idea. To prove she's worthy she creates a practice dog, named O.J. after the carton that makes up his body. A lovely, entertaining read.

  7. says:

    Picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend without really knowing what it was about. Zelly is ten years old and has moved to Vermont from Brooklyn with her family. Her grandmother has passed away and they have moved to live with her grandfather. I enjoyed how Perl dealt with several issues - fitting in, friendships, longing for something, relationships with family members, and more. A very relatable book for the age group I teach.

  8. says:

    What a fun story on the surface for young readers. But there is also so much to discuss and think about in this book. Author Erica Perl has done a wonderful job presenting important topics for families to discuss and given readers an interesting and easy way to bring those conversations to the table. Great family book discussion book.

  9. says:

    This book is about a girl that really wants a dog and her parents will not agree, so they give her a empty gallon of orange juice and tell her that is her dog. Evreyday she drags it for a walk, feeds it, and takes it to the bathroom just like a real dog. This book was funny and a great story idea.

  10. says:

    This book is AMAZING!!! I love it because a girl has to do a bunch of crazy stuff just in order to get a dog. IT'S SO CRAZY!!! That's basically it but be sure to STAY AWESOME!!!!!!

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