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Aces Wild Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307931722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307931726
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-After proving herself responsible enough to get her own puppy in When Life Gives You O.J. (Knopf, 2011), Zelly is back in this fun and heartwarming tale. She has a lot to balance this time around with Ace-the-dog and Ace-the-grandpa both getting into all sorts of trouble. Having moved from Brooklyn to Vermont last year, the 11-year-old is still having trouble fitting in and desperately wants to be invited to the sleepovers the other girls are having. The only way her parents agree to let her have one of her own, though, is to reenroll Ace in obedience school and have him pass the test. Her grandpa must accompany her, which isn't always easy since he is a rambunctious, sometimes embarrassing character who, among other things, is dating three different women. Readers will laugh along with this sweet story that is chock-full of relatable characters. Zelly's story is essentially a coming-of-age tale about moving to a new place, dealing with grief, and learning what is important in life. The end of the book includes Zelly's guide on how to train a dog as well as a glossary of Yiddish vocabulary and phrases used by Grandpa Ace. This book stands on its own, although readers will certainly be interested in what happened the summer Zelly took care of an orange-juice bottle in the previous book.-Kerry Roeder, Professional Children's School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After proving herself responsible with her orange-juice-jug dog, in When Life Gives You O.J. (2011), Zelly Fried finally has a real one. Ace, who shares the name with Zelly’s boisterous grandfather, is headed back to puppy kindergarten after an unsuccessful first attempt. But Ace is still young—how much can he be expected to mature before he is ready? And it has only been eight months since Zelly and her family moved to Vermont to live with the widowed Ace; everyone still needs time to grieve despite signs that life moves on (Ace’s three girlfriends being the most startling proof of this, as far as Zelly is concerned). The book gets a lot of mileage out of the frequent mix-ups between “Ace-the-dog” and “Ace-the-grandpa,” which keeps the story light while Zelly worries about fitting in at school and missing her beloved grandmother. Ace-the-grandpa often drives Zelly up the wall, but there is no missing the affection at the heart of this book, where everyone is “completely, ridiculously, perfectly themselves.” This is a delightful sequel and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel as well. Grades 4-7. --Kara Dean

More About the Author

Erica S. Perl is an award winning children's book author. Her new middle grade novel, Aces Wild, is a companion to When Life Gives You O.J., which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers, an Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Month, and a finalist for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Rhode Island Children's Choice Book Award).

Erica is the author of Dotty (illustrated by Julia Denos), which is perfect for back-to-school and has been called "a charmer" (Kirkus Reviews) and "an unadulterated delight" (Publishers Weekly). She is also the author of Chicken Butt! (now available in plush from Merrymakers!), Chicken Butt's Back!, Ninety-three In My Family and Chicken Bedtime is Really Early.

In addition, Erica is the author of the YA novel, Vintage Veronica. Publishers Weekly calls Vintage Veronica "wonderfully fun." Booklist says Erica "masterfully" creates "earthy and real" emotional lives for her characters, building "a romance that's as complicated as it is sweet," and School Library Journal cheers Veronica as "a much needed character in young adult fiction."

When she is not writing, Erica likes to sing, dance, draw, read, and eat stale red licorice. She is great with animals and kids, but terrible with plants. Seriously - ask any plant.

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By K. A. Kelly on May 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great follow up to the first! The whole family loved this book! From the author of our other family fave, Chicken Butt
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A Kid's Review on June 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A very well written book. Serious at sometimes, funny sometimes and sad sometimes. This book by Erica S. Perl is a very good kids book. I really liked Ace and Sam. I liked Ace because he seemed like a cute dog. I like Sam because he is always there for his sister even if she doesn't want him to be. I recommend this it!

Eli Smulson, age 11
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Good cause I read it MWAHAHAHAHAAaA and I pooped on it and ate my lunch and burned then I went to the bathroom and farted ha!!!
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