Friday, June 17, 2011

When Life Gives You O.J. Review and Giveaway!! Ends 7/5/12



You know how the old saying goes....If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what if life gives you O.J.????? Find out on June 14th, the release date of this summer's highly anticipated middle grade chapter book, When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl.

Depending on your child, the phrase "summer reading" can bring about two responses -- an enthusiastic "yes!" or a dejected "do I have to?". When Life Gives You O.J. -- just selected by Amazon as a Best Book of the Month in June -- is a book that all kids (girls AND boys!) ages 8-12 will want to take with them this summer on that long drive or plane ride or have included in their summer camp care package. Believable characters, a hefty dose of humor and a fast-paced, age-appropriate storyline makes O.J. a winner with both kids AND their parents.



Called a "warm novel about family, friendship, and fitting in" by Publisher's Weekly, When Life Gives You O.J. is about a girl named Zelly who is miserable because she had to move from New York, where she felt she fit in, to Vermont, where her frizzy hair and crazy jewish family and makes her feel like an outsider. Like most kids, almost-eleven-year-old Zelly Fried desperately wants a dog. Unlike most kids, Zelly has a very unusual grandfather named Ace. So when Zelly begs for a dog, Ace intervenes and Zelly ends up with O.J. instead. Who is definitely not a dog. What’s O.J.? O.J. is a “practice dog” made from an old plastic orange juice jug with a dog’s face drawn on the side. Now Zelly’s not just the new girl or just the weird new girl (tongue sandwich for lunch, anyone?) -- she’s dangerously close to becoming the weird new girl who walks around dragging a dumb old plastic jug, her “practice dog.” Is Ace’s plan so crazy it just might work, or is it just plain – as Ace would say – meshugge?

Critically acclaimed, but not stuffy or boring in the least, Booklist describes Zelly as a "sympathetic, believably flawed character" and goes on to say (spoiler alert!!) that, "In the end, Zelly’s triumph isn’t the dog she eventually gains, but the steps she takes to reach him." And keep your eye out -- the sequel to OJ -- Aces Wild -- is due out September 2012!

To check out the the clever -- and laugh-out-loud -- book trailer for When Life Gives You O.J., please click HERE!

You can also check out Erica's blog and her Facebook page to keep up with what's new!

What We Think:

My 8 year old daughter and my 9 year old son have both started reading this book and it has been a HUGE hit! I love it when my kids become so engrossed in a book that they can't put it down and that is exactly what this book does! If you are looking for a great read for your tween this summer, definitely don't pass this one up! It is an age appropriate, easy to read book that your tween will love! In the words of my 8 year old daughter, Emma "This book is sooooo not boring like the one's you usually make me read." So there you have it! Buy this book for your child and you score major Mom or Dad Points! It's a Win, Win!


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to win a very "juicy" Summer Reading Prize Pack that includes a hardcover copy of When Life Gives You O.J., a When Life Gives You O.J. water bottle to help keep hydrated this summer and a When Life Gives You O.J. backpack to throw your book, your water bottle, a bit of sunscreen and a towel into and head to the beach or pool for some sun, fun -- and reading!

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Thanks for entering and GOOD LUCK!
Giveaway will end on 7/5 at 11:59 p.m.
Winner will be chosen at random via random.org



*This is not a paid post. All opinions contained here are my own. Giveaway and review products along with all information was provided by the author and/or representing PR firm*


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