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Ophie out of Oz
O'Dell, Kathleen, 1957-
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New York : Dial Books, [2004]

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184 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Fourth-grader Ophelia Peeler has always felt that she was just like Dorothy in Oz, skipping down the yellow brick road, until a move to Oregon, away from her best friend, sends her on a different path.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.6 4.0 78957.
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Ophelia Peeler has always considered herself to be a Dorothy-type, a girl destined for a glamorous adventure . . . someday . . . somehow . . . somewhere. And her life in fun and sunny California seemed to have an Oz-like magic. She was in every play, sang "Over the Rainbow" to a packed school auditorium, and she had Lizzy, the best best friend ever.It's not a twister but just her dad's job transfer that has landed Ophie in Oregon-with no rainbow, no glamour, and no Lizzy. Instead, there's just this weird girl, this Brittany Borg, who seems to have stuck herself to Ophie (and who calls her "hey, Peeler").Why oh why can't life ever be like it is in the movies?Kathleen O'Dell offers a funny, empathic tribute to all kids who, in searching for their own Oz, have found the yellow brick road full of bumps, weirdness, and unexpected delights.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

After winningly examining the peculiarities of sixth grade in Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress, O'Dell now turns to the challenges of Ophie Peeler, as she moves from California, midway through fourth grade, to a new school in Oregon. Thanks to Ophie's salesman father, changing schools is nothing new for Ophie, but this time around she misses her best friend and costarring with her in school plays. O'Dell begins with a flurry of fun details: Ophie thinks of herself as Dorothy, wears ruby slippers and names all her animal toys Toto (after she lost her stuffed Scottie, so named, in a move from Tucson to Modesto). The author convincingly develops the grudging friendship Ophie begins with a socially challenged neighbor, Brittany, as well as Ophie's all-consuming desire to be accepted by Merry and Rachel, who not only get the lead roles in the fourth-grade plays but star in a series of TV ads for Merry's father's car business. When a strange turn of events earns Ophie acceptance with "the TV Girls," she sheds Brittany; a rather rushed climax helps Ophie see the light. Proceeding less smoothly than the author's first novel, this narrative tends toward the episodic. But the exchanges between Ophie and her principal (who admits that, just as Ophie is Dorothy, in her "secret heart," she's Rhonda Fleming; Ophie "had no idea who [that] was, but she got the idea") are a highlight, and children attempting to fit into a new school or classroom dynamic will identify with Ophie's feelings. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 8-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Fourth-grader Ophie Peeler was popular in her school in California, where she enjoyed singing and performing, and had a best friend. Now that her family has moved to Oregon, life is different. She seeks the friendship of two snobbish girls who make car commercials for the local TV station, but they are unreceptive. To Ophie's dismay, odd, unpopular Brittany Borg is the only one who seems to pay attention to her. Then she receives an autographed, Japanese poster of the popular group Bailey Broz from her father, who works overseas. Suddenly, the TV Girls are interested in her. She spends time with them, alienates Brittany, learns the truth about fame and friendship, and restores her friendship with Brittany. Ophie considers herself like Dorothy, destined for a great adventure, but her search for her missing red shoes ends in the realization that she has outgrown them. Readers will identify with this likable protagonist and her journey to self-discovery.-Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.