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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  537 ratings  ·  127 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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Susan's Reviews
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Jane Taylor is pretty - but also argumentative, audacious, intelligent and determined to get accepted to Benedict's Conservatory of Arts and Academics - an exclusive Christian high school, but to do so, she has to win a scholarship. All she has to do is win first place at the CSSPA oratory camp and impress Mrs. Doris Yeats, who is on the Board of Directors of Benedict's and grants a yearly scholarship to students in need.
Trigger alert: This story deals frankly with discrimination based on
Elizabeth Drake
Apr 14, 2012 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
Cindy Hudson
Jul 08, 2011 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
Judith Starkston
May 05, 2011 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
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Okay, this has been a difficult review to write. I have been struggling to get this review cobbled together. Why? Well, for one, this YA book delves into serious (and wholly relevant) issues regarding religious affiliation and prejudice, so I do not want to sound at all casual (or insensitive) in my review.

For about two-thirds of the novel, I was really hooked. And enthusiasm kind of teetered off. As a reader, I felt as though the overall message of the novel got lost in a shuffle. I t
Princess Bookie
May 06, 2011 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 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
Jan 07, 2011 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 :)
Miranda Hardy
Jun 07, 2011 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.
Kelly Hager
Jul 25, 2011 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 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
E. Anderson
Apr 20, 2011 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
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” wit ...more
Christina Mandelski
Jan 04, 2011 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
May 08, 2011 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 06, 2011 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
Jul 14, 2011 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.
Gae Polisner
Sep 03, 2010 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.
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!
Bettina Restrepo
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oy! So funny and smart!!! Interesting topic broached thoughtfully but runs deep while entertaining - never preaches.
Apr 23, 2011 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 rated it really liked it
Cute, funny, good message.
O Williams
Nov 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
Bruh I’m so desperate for scholarships myself right now that this book speaks to me 😩.
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
Aug 29, 2014 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
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. I was so excited to receive the book and join in the discussion on Goodreads, but alas the last third of the book waited for my summer break to finally see me complete this charming YA novel. Well, having just completed OyMG, I wanted to share my thoughts.

OyMG is the story of a young teenager, Ellie Taylor. Ellie is a born arguer, an
Katie Fitzgerald
At the start of OyMG, a debut YA novel by Amy Fellner Dominy published this past May, Ellie Taylor enrolls in a Christian Speech and Performing Arts summer camp. She doesn't think it really matters that she is Jewish, since she'll be there to practice debate, not to develop new beliefs, but Ellie soon learns that the situation is a bit more complicated than that. The debaters at this camp are all competing for a scholarship to attend a local private school, and the administrator of the scholarsh ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
What first interested me about Amy Fellner Dominy's book was its ties to speech and debate. I'll admit it. I was the girl in high school who joined the club, lived at mock trial, spent her days arguing for or against anything they asked me to! I loved the high stress atmosphere and the good natured competition that came along with it. So when I saw that OyMG was about Ellie's life as an orator, I knew I was in. Plain and simple. Little did I know that I'd be sucked in ever further. This book is ...more
Jun 09, 2010 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
Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
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I love it when I go into a book without really knowing what to expect, thinking it might not be for me to just be proven completely wrong and end up loving it. That's how I felt about OyMG, I have to be honest and say that the cover is what made me judge it before reading it, I think it's cute don't get me wrong, but I didn't think it was for me. I thought it would be more middle grade than YA and more cutesy fluffy light read which it wasn't at all.
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