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"Dominy's debut balances light and heavy subject matter with ease. . . . Readers who like their frothy romance with a bracing dash of serious social issues will be clamoring for seconds."  --Kirkus

Ellie's roller-coaster of a summer is an appealing balance of big questions and universal teen concerns and triumphs. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...kids will enjoy reading about likable Ellie's struggles and will get a real kick out of her grandfather. --School Library Journal

"Dominy does a good job discussing beliefs, personal responsibility, and how to do the "right" thing.  ...there are honest discussions here that will make readers think about what makes them who they are--and who they want to be."  --Booklist

"Teens who are interested in the world of high school oratory will relish the descriptions of exercises and competitions, as well as the excerpts of the speeches." --Association of Jewish Libraries

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Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument.  After all, she's been arguing with Zeydeh, her grandfather, since she could talk.  So when she gets accepted to the Christian society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she's sure that if she wins the final tournament it'll be her ticket to a scholarship to the best speech high school in the country. 

Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot -- literally.  His name is Devon and whether Ellie likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle.  But Ellie's ready to take on the challenge -- until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship's benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream?  Or will her outspoken nature force her to speak out for herself?
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080272177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802721778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amy Fellner Dominy is an advertising copywriter turned playwright turned novelist. Her books for young adults include A MATTER OF HEART, (Delacorte, 2015) as well as AUDITION & SUBTRACTION (2012) and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book (2011.) Amy's next novel is a YA titled DIE FOR YOU, coming Fall, 2016 from Delacorte. Visit Amy at www.amydominy.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cynthia (A Blog about Nothing) on May 11, 2011
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I love it when I go into a book without really knowing what to expect, thinking it might not be for me to just be proven completely wrong and end up loving it. That's how I felt about OyMG, I have to be honest and say that the cover is what made me judge it before reading it, I think it's cute don't get me wrong, but I didn't think it was for me. I thought it would be more middle grade than YA and more cutesy fluffy light read which it wasn't at all. Yes, it's fun, definitely! It has its cute moments and made me giggle several times and smile through most of it but it also includes serious topics that are discrimination and stereotyping, but written in a way that is so well done that it doesn't feel like a heavy read but it still leaves its mark on you.

Ellie was such a fun character to read and connect with, I definitely loved her from the start. She was stubborn and smart, ambitious, competitive and always willing to speak her mind which was one of her best qualities, until she goes to camp and starts doubting her true self, her beliefs and who she really wants to be. I went into reading OyMG thinking it would be just a lighthearted read but was instead blown away by its dynamic set of characters, the depth of the story and how well and easy flowing the writing was. I literally immersed myself into Ellie's life that during the intense and wonderful scenes of love and courage I felt my heart warming and melting for her and her wonderful family, which by the way were one of the best I've read in YA.

Closer to the end of the book I was so caught up in the story that I got all teary-eyed and felt extremely proud of Ellie for the choices that she ends up making. I loved all the questions and doubts that the author brings out in Ellie, what is right and what is wrong?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on May 10, 2011
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I always love books filled with heart, and just my luck, Amy Fellner Dominy's OyMG fit that ticket perfectly, as not only was it heartfelt but it also contained memorable characters and a story nearly like no other.

For Ellie getting accepted into the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp is the start of something fabulous, because not only will she be doing the thing she loves most- debating- but she will also be competing for a scholarship to one of the best schools in the country. Camp starts great. Ellie's with her best friend; she is making new friends, including one dreamy Devon; Doris Yeats, the person in charge of the scholarships, seems to think she is a sure winner for the spot. However, there is one problem: Doris seems to have a problem with Jewish people. For Ellie's this is devastating because not only is she Jewish but she has always been proud of her heritage. Now she is left to decide whether she should hide her heritage and win Doris over, or withdraw from the completion. What will she choose? Moreover, will she get the boy in the end? Only time and more pages will tell in Amy's pitch-perfect contemporary debut!

In OyMG, there were several great aspects, but my absolute favorite would have to be the characters, Ellie and her Zeydeh (grandfather in Yiddish) in particular. Intelligent, sweet, and witty, Ellie is a girl I feel many will be able to relate to, because of her qualms with faith but everyday life as well. On the other hand, Zeydeh brought the wit and heart to the story. I loved seeing his relationship with Ellie, as I feel it will resonate well with anyone who has been close to a grandparent before.

Moving on, the plot of this was also fabulous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bettina M. Restrepo on June 8, 2011
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Jewish Girl, Christian Camp, Holy Moley! Amy Fellner Dominy crafts a funny and heart felt debut novel where the main character, Ellie, casually lists her religion as 'Christian'. Her close relationship with her Jewsih Grandfather, Zeydah, makes her desicion even worse as she hides her identity - all in hopes of winning a scholarship.

The treatment of religion plays directly into the choices made by Ellie, but never seem preachy. A humorous approach to older middle grade antics, young love, and finding out who you really are make the story relatable from every angle. Appropriate for classroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on July 8, 2011
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Ellie's parents say she was born debating, and there's no denying she loves a good argument. She hopes the skills she developed in presenting her side of a case will get her a scholarship into prestigious Benedict's school, and her ticket in may be performing well at the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp.

Sure she's Jewish, but that shouldn't make a difference, right? OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy has everything needed to be a good book to read and a good book to discuss for mother-daughter book clubs. Thirteen-year-old Ellie is funny, confident in her ability to think on her feet, but a bit insecure when it comes to boys. She loves her Zeydeh (Yiddish for grandfather), who lives just down the street and spends a lot of time at her home.

When she's asked to lie about being Jewish, it brings up a lot of questions for her that may even bring out a debate in your own group with questions that explore values and faith. Is lying ever okay to get you something you want, when you know in your own heart you're not representing yourself truthfully? Can you tell how someone will act based on their religion? How do you deal with family members you love who are prejudiced when you aren't? Do children have an obligation to carry on in the traditions of their parents and grandparents?

There are no pat answers in OyMG; instead you'll find lots of nuance to help you look at both sides of the issues--just like a good debate. I had a lot of fun reading about how debaters prepare for their arguments. The subplots of Zeydah's soup competition and Ellie's budding relationship with Devon also provide a few unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing about how things were going to turn out until the very last debate. I highly recommend OyMG for groups with girls aged 12 and up.
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