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item2 Ophie out of Oz

Ophie Peeler has always considered herself to be a Dorothy-type, a girl destined for some kind of 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, she sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow to a packed school auditorium, and she had Lizzy, the best best friend ever.

But now Ophie has moved to Oregon. No glamour, no magic, and no Lizzy. 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?


"Ophie's sparkle and depth of character at the author's hand make this an engaging look at the issue of pre-teen identity crisis."

-Kirkus Reviews


"Thanks to O'Dell's sure and light touch, readers will hope to read more about Ophie in the future--in or out of Oz."

-Horn Book Review


"Readers will identify with this likable protagonist and her journey to self-discovery."

-School Library Journal

2014 Kathleen O'Dell