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Aces Wild
Contributor(s): Perl, Erica S.
ISBN: 0307931730     ISBN-13: 9780307931733
Publisher: Yearling Books
    OUR PRICE: $9.60  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2015
Annotation: Eleven-year-old Zelly Fried's parents will not allow her to have a slumber party until she teaches her mischievous puppy, Ace, to behave, but with Grandpa Ace around nothing is ever simple.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; Training; Fiction.
Family life; Vermont; Fiction.
Grandfathers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015014312
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.35 lbs) 217 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 159022
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61726
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): ERICA S. PERL is the author of Aces Wild, When Life Gives You OJ, Vintage Veronica, and a number of picture books, including the well-loved Chicken Butt. A crowd-pleasing presenter to children of all ages, she has also done author visits at schools and libraries across the United States. In addition to writing books, Erica works at First Book, the groundbreaking nonprofit organization that has provided over 100 million brand-new books to children in need. Learn more about Erica and her books at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Zelly (When Life Gives You O.J.) finally has the dog she has always wanted. Now she hopes to host a sleepover at her house in order to help her fit in at her new school. First she has to be able to control Ace, her dog--and Ace, her grandpa. Zelly tries to navigate obedience classes, school, and family in this entertaining sequel.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)
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 City. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.