When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl
Zelly Fried really really really wants a dog, but her parents won’t let her. She also happens to be one of the few Jewish kids in her small, Vermont town. When her best friend forever goes off to camp, Zelly is left friendless for the summer. Until her grandfather comes up with a plan for Zelly to prove to her parents she is ready for a dog. Enter, O.J., the practice dog.
The narrator, Abigail Revasch, does a great job, and I loved the author’s inclusion of Hebrew words and customs. However, I felt that it dragged a bit. It will be interesting to see how this book fares in the Maud Hart Lovelace awards.