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OyMG Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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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 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?Read more ›
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!
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.
Ellie loves to argue. She's awesome at it, and is determined to win a scholarship that's awarded every summer at the camp she's attending, despite her Zeydeh's warnings that no good can come of a Jewish girl attending a Christian camp. Zeydeh is the Yiddish word for grandfather, and Ellie's gramps is really proud of his faith. So is Ellie, most of the time. But it's not easy to be the only Jew at camp. Every morning all the kids pray to Jesus. And in one of the first speech excercises, she's asked to speak on -- of all things -- Christmas trees. Ellie isn't going to let any of this shake her faith. But when Ellie finds out that the sponsor of the highly coveted scholorship -- and the grandmother of her crush -- might have something against Jews, she finds herself in a bit of a pickle. Should she hider her faith for her chance at her dreams, or speak out and risk everything?
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Amy Fellner Dominy has written a debut novel that’s full of heart. A few of my girls in class read this before me and kept telling me how much they loved it, so I was eager to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sarah
Written for a younger reader than myself. Didn't realize it when I purchased the bookPublished 22 months ago by Hallie Greenberg
I'm Jewish and married to a Christian, so it really touched home. It was very entertaining and had a good story. The grandfather was the best!Published 22 months ago by Paula Wright
This is going to be a quick review since I don’t want to give any spoilers. OyMG was such a fun cute clean story! I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Kathy Habel
I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy back in April 2012 on the YA Reads for Teachers (And Any Other Adults!) Goodreads group. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book was ah-mazing. It is perfect for me because I compete in competitions just like these. OyMG was breath taking and I really enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by KWesolek
I've been wanting to read this one ever since I first heard about it, and I'm so glad I finally did. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Mrs. Heise
Not even sure if that word exists, but it describes OyMG pretty well. Even though a bit of it gives Christians a bad rap, it conveys a good mesage that everyone should keep in... Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by pixierose
The summer before ninth grade starts, Ellie wants more than anything to go to the private and exclusive Benedict's high school. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Books Obsession