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3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  462 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Jewish girl. Christian camp. Holy moly.

Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. 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 school in the country. Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot-literally. Hi
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Walker & Company (first published April 29th 2011)
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Judith Starkston
May 05, 2011 Judith Starkston rated it it was amazing
Amy Dominy’s debut young adult novel, OyMG will warm your heart and make you laugh out loud whether you are 13 or 53. With the precision of a stand-up comedian, Dominy hits every hilarious beat in the stressed-out world of high school speech and debate. With equal precision she portrays the confused inner world of fourteen year old Ellie, who wants more than anything to win the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts Summer Camp Scholarship to attend Benedict’s High School in the fall (even ...more
Cindy Hudson
Jul 08, 2011 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing
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 m
Elizabeth Drake
Apr 15, 2012 Elizabeth Drake rated it really liked it

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Cover Impressions: The cover is very cute. Covered in doodles, it looks like it could have been pulled from Ellie's notebook. I love the play on words in the title and hope that most teens would get it.

The Gist: Ellie has one goal: to attend the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp and win a coveted scholarship to St. Benedict's school, the posh school with the best debate team around. As a Jewish girl in a Christian ca
Princess Bookie
May 10, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
My Thoughts: When I first heard about this one, I was very excited. Because of the arguing. I love reading about a girl and a boy debating against each other and than starting to "like" each other. It sounded really sweet.

We are introduced to Ellie who is a teenager. She isn't just any normal teenager. Her family is very religious. She comes from a mostly jewish family even though there is a Lutheran in there. Ellie’s father is Lutheran but mother is Jewish. She gets accepted into the Christian
May 01, 2011 Danna rated it really liked it
This book made me smile.
Why you ask? Because it was full of hilarity and cuteness. I never thought debate camp would be so much fun! The relationships in this story were nice and not too overdone, for example, Ellie and her best friend weren’t attached at the hip. Devon was the kind of sweet guy I would have a crush on and I was cheering for Ellie and him all through the book. They were great characters, but Zeydeh had to be my favorite. I wish I had a grandfather like him; he was funny and alw
Alethea A
Mar 24, 2011 Alethea A rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome
OyMG, indeed! This made me very hungry for matzo ball soup, made me giggle and smile (a whole bunch of times) and made me cry (twice!) >> review:

Finally booksellers will have a book to recommend to shoppers who want a good Jewish role model in a YA novel... even though she spends most of the book pretending to be Christian :)
Diane Ferbrache
What happens when a Jewish girl goes to a Christian camp for speech and debate? Ellie Taylor loves to debate. The best debate team is at Benedict’s High School, and if Ellie performs well and wins the oratory contest at the summer camp, she can also win a scholarship to the exclusive (& expensive) school. The first day of camp, she meets Devon who just happens to be the grandson of the benefactor who chooses the scholarship winner. When she finds out that Devon’s grandmother has a “problem” ...more
E. Anderson
Apr 20, 2011 E. Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Amy Dominy‘s debut tween novel, OYMG, faith and love — or at least “sizzle” — clash in one of the cutest stories I’ve read in a while. Of course, it’s not all cute — the book has some wonderful serious moments as well. In fact, for Ellie Taylor, the speech and debate program she’s attending at a Christian-sponsored summer camp will not only be her first experience with sizzle (what her BFF calls that crush-ing feeling), but also with antisemitism.

Ellie loves to argue. She’s awesome at it, a
Kelly Hager
Jul 26, 2011 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
Ellie’s not entirely sure what she wants to do with the rest of her life, but she’s got her short-term goals set. She’s going to a summer camp at an exclusive private school in the hopes that she’ll nail the oratory competition and then get a scholarship. (Ellie LOVES debate and wants to turn that into a career, but the exact job is still TBD.) But there’s a tiny snag. Ellie’s Jewish and this is a Christian camp and school. Slightly bigger obstacle: the woman giving out the scholarship may disli ...more
May 17, 2012 Manda rated it really liked it
This book was a fairly simple read. It was a cute story about a Jewish girl going to a Christian day camp and her experience. I like that it dealt with prejudice and racism that is still happening in today’s society. It may not be as extreme as it used to be, but it still happens.

I like Ellie, the main character. She was a strong character who was dealing with herself and who she really was. Her strong-willed religious grandfather was an amazing character. I liked that he was very sure of who he
Christina Mandelski
Jun 28, 2011 Christina Mandelski rated it it was amazing
Loved this timely story of a Jewish girl attending a Christian camp who must choose between revealing or hiding her religion in order to have a shot at a coveted scholarship. Although the wonderful main character, Ellie Taylor, is Jewish, this book will speak to any teen who maybe feels the need to keep their beliefs under wraps. One of my favorite segments of the book is a scene between Ellie and her beloved Zeydeh (grandfather) where he explains to her that if she doesn't speak up for herself, ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in the mail a few days ago saying that I won it on a book blog! I didn't even know I won it, and it didn't say which blog it came from! What a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed this book! I really liked Ellie's character, and what can I say about Zeydeh? I love him!! There were so many things that I liked about this book, and so hard to put it all into words. I loved the dynamics of Ellie's family. Ellie sure had something that she was working towards - getting into Benedi ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
This was a deceptively cute title for what turned out to be a powerful little book. Ellie will be entering high school in the fall and would love to win a scholarship to an elite private school that the winner of a local speech camp receives. Turns out the speech camp is Christian based and Ellie, a product of a Christian/Jewish union, has really grown up Jewish and didn't know how proud she was of it until now. This tackled some tough subjects for teens as Ellie tries to decide how much of the ...more
Clyde Ruth
Feb 10, 2016 Clyde Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good "tween" book
Mrs W
Aug 29, 2014 Mrs W rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Fourteen-year-old Ellie Taylor loves to argue, and did so well as a member of her junior high debate team. Now headed to high school, Ellie has her sights set on Benedict’s High, home of a prestigious debate team that could pave Ellie’s way to college. However, Benedict’s is a private school, and the only way Ellie will be able to attend is by earning a scholarship at the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp. Ellie doesn’t think her Jewish heritage will be a problem, but it’s ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Geoff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: class-of-2k11
What a good book! The characters (especially Ellie and Zeydeh) are so well done and so aggravating, real and lovable, you feel like they're sitting next to you. The story is entertaining and funny. The emotional conflict is painful and true. The finish is totally satisfying. As a "Jewtheran" myself, I'll certainly be gifting OyMG to friends and family. Loved it!
Jul 14, 2011 Shoshana rated it really liked it
I've heard it said that religion is one of the few taboos left in YA lit, and here's a mainstream upper-MG novel that takes it on. It could have gone in a lot of directions, and I don't think it'll please everyone (nor would it have been possible to do so), but it's both honest and respectful as well as a good story with a compelling conflict.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Nothing what I expected! This is a solid read about a young teen's search for identity, and learning that the ends don't always justify the means. Though the overall subject is serious, the story is presented with a great deal of humor and self-depreciation. I really enjoyed this one!
Gae Polisner
Feb 05, 2011 Gae Polisner rated it it was amazing
as an author myself, I try not to say too much about the books of friends' that I read. Which this is. Suffice it to say this is a little GEM of a book about identity and acceptance, and the strength it takes to be ourselves and embrace who we are.
Anabelle St.
Jan 28, 2014 Anabelle St. rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I rated this book a one cause I feel it negatively described Christians and did not accurately discribe various religious preinciples.
1. Christianity is considered to have branched off of Judaism.
2. Why not look for a non-religious scholarship program to join. 3.Obviously the so called "christian character" was not christ-like from the way she acted.
4. If you want proof of #3 go look in the bible, the one which has the same old testament as the ones Jewish people use.
5. I could NOT stand Devon'
Bettina Restrepo
Jun 05, 2011 Bettina Restrepo rated it it was amazing
Oy! So funny and smart!!! Interesting topic broached thoughtfully but runs deep while entertaining - never preaches.
Miranda Hardy
Jun 10, 2011 Miranda Hardy rated it it was amazing
This was a very clean, well written book. Contemporary is usually not my first choice, but I enjoyed it immensely.
May 01, 2011 Jordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Sat down and finished this last night. Read 200 hundred pages in one sitting. Review to come.
Jun 21, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Cute, funny, good message.
May 20, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
OyMG is not a book that I would normally pick up but I am glad I did. It was cute, funny, and the best part is that it had a great message. Aren't those the best kind of books out there?

Ellie Taylor is dying to go to the elite school, Benedict's. She knows that she can really improve her talent there and she also knows that she can't afford it. That's why the scholarship offered by Doris Yeats would be perfect for her. Who cares if it means going to a Christian speech camp when she is Jewish? El
May 03, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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 c
Nov 22, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Who hasn't tried to hide part of who they are because at the time it seemed like the best idea? Let's face it, in the society we live in today, "fitting it" seems to be more important that "being you". Sometimes life presents challenges that would be easier if we ignored certain characteristics of ourselves, but in the end, being true to you is really the best way to go.

Ellie loves to debate and is quite good. When given a scholarship application from the lady that makes the decision, she thou
Jun 12, 2011 Izzy rated it really liked it
Jewish girl Ellie Taylor loves speeches and debating, so more than anything, she wants to win the final tournament at the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer program in order to get into the best speech school in the nation. Except the competition is hot - literally. Her opponent, Devon, is not only attractive but a serious rival, and as if that's not enough, the scholarship benefactor dislikes Jewish people. Ellie must make a choice about what she wants, but that's hard when she ...more
Sally Kruger
Thank you to author Amy Fellner Dominy for kindly sending me a copy of OyMG. Girls looking for a fun summer read should head to the bookstore or library in search of a copy ASAP.

Ellie Taylor has a chance to make her dream come true. She has snagged a coveted spot at the CSSPA summer camp. CSSPA stands for Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts. Ellie's dream is to attend the camp and win the top spot in the oratory portion of the final tournament where the prize is a full-paid scholarship
OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy is one of those books that could easily be someone's favorite. It's cover is cute, entertaining and appealing to tweens (it's target audience) and its title is fantastic. It's insides are just as appealing, a speech and debater (seriously, first book I've read about one of my favorite extra-curriculars) who is Jewish must hide her identity to attend an all Christian speech and debate camp. It tackles the issues of race and religion and honesty...or does it?

And, that's
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Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of novels for teens and tweens including A MATTER OF HEART, an ALA Top 10 Sports Book for Youth; OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and AUDITION & SUBTRACTION, a Bank Street College 'Best Coming of Age' novel. Next up: DIE FOR YOU, a dark romance for teens out 11/8/16.

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