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Erica S. Perl

Dear Reader:

I love writing picture books like DOTTY and CHICKEN BUTT!, but I confess that I've long thirsted to tell a story about a kid and a grandparent - I know very well.

Like Zelly, I grew up Jewish in Vermont. Like Zelly, I had an eccentric grandfather and I regularly felt embarrassed about the things my frizzy hair! my grandpa's beloved tongue sandwiches! - that made my family different. And, like Zelly, when I was eleven, I desperately wanted a dog... so much so that I might have signed on for a plan as ridiculous and potentially disastrous as Zelly's grandpa, Ace's, "O.J." plan.

Want to find out what happens WHEN LIFE GIVE YOU O.J.? Visit my website,, where I also have a free downloadable discussion guide.

One thing's for sure: O.J. definitely isn't just for breakfast anymore!

Best wishes,
Discussion guide (PDF)

An Amazon Best Book for Children

P.S. I'm giving away five signed copies, so send me an email if you'd like to be entered in this giveaway!

When Life Gives You O.J. / Erica S. Perl / Knopf Books for Young Readers

Price: $15.99 / ISBN: 978-0375859243 / Published: June, 2011

Ages 8-12 / Middle-grade fiction

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