2018-2019 National Design Team’s Favorite Books

Posted December 28, 2018  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

We asked the 2018-2019 National Design Team about their favorite PJ Our Way books, and here is what they said!

Aaron
Aaron, age 10
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz.
I like this book because it's about baseball and shows the importance of family and friends.
Ariel
Ariel, age 11
My favorite PJ Our Way book is This is NOT the Abby Show by Debbie Reed Fisher.
This is my favorite PJ Our Way book because it talks about real life problems and situations. I like it because I can relate it to my own life, and I can take some helpful advice for school life from it.
Brenna
Brenna, age 11
My favorite PJ Our Way book is OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy.
I can really relate to Ellie's situation.  I also think it is a really inspiring book for Jewish young women.
Danielle
Danielle, age 11
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman.
This book expresses so much emotion towards the main character, Justine. I can also really connect with all the characters and know their emotions.
Elana
Elana, age 10
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Puzzle Tov by Peter Weisz.
It is my favorite PJ Our Way book because I like solving puzzles and I love reading. There are word puzzles rated from one star (easiest) to five stars (hardest) showing how difficult the puzzles are. Another fun part of the book is that the puzzles all have Jewish themes.
Eli
Eli, age 12
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Now by Morris Gleitzman.
I like to read books about the holocaust, and I love the whole series.
Elijah
Elijah, age 10
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Click Here to Start by Denis Markell.
Click Here to Start is my favorite PJ Our Way book because it has a lot of mystery. There is danger, but it's not scary, and there are not many violent scenes. It is full of adventure and suspense, and the author made the characters realistic, so I could easily relate to them. I also liked the creative way the author combined the gaming world with the real world in this story.
Ezra
Ezra, age 10
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz.
It talks about racism, which is a topic that interests me, and baseball.
Isabella
Isabella, age 10
My favorite PJ Our Way book is The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol by Eric A. Kimmel.
This book has a lot of funny stories from Judaism and a lot of life lessons. It's easy to read because it's a bunch of short stories, so it's a good book to pick up if you don't have a lot of time. One of my favorite stories in this book is called "What Hershel's Father Did." I like to read books with my sister at night and this is one of our favorites!
Josh
Josh, age 10
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Music Was It by Susan Goldman Rubin.
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Music Was It because, being a musician myself, I find it very inspiring to see how far a fellow Jewish musician got and what they achieved. I also thought that Leonard Bernstein's life was very interesting with how he achieved so much despite his dad's discouragements.
Lilah
Lilah, age 8
My favorite PJ Our Way book is The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, age 11 by Amy Hest.
The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts is my favorite PJ Our Way book because it is very realistic, and I can relate to Katie.  She has two brothers just like me! I enjoy reading about how her day goes in her diary entries. Her day to day drama is so engaging and her life story so interesting.
Sheina
Sheina Brocha, age 11
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Puzzle Tov by Peter Weisz.
I like this book because I like riddles. I like how the author made regular riddles Jewish.
Sydnie
Sydnie, age 12
My favorite PJ Our Way book is Now by Morris Gleitzman.
This is my favorite PJ Our Way book because it is a real story of two Jews that are relatable but also share a story that I've never heard before. It's an adventure every step of the way. They share the good times and the bad times but no matter what, each page you're intrigued even more than the page before.
Yona
Yona, age 11
My favorite PJ Our Way book is A Time of Angels by Karen Hesse.
I think it's really interesting to follow the story line of this book. You really get to know the characters as Hannah tries to escape influenza, but somehow ends up at her "uncle's" house. This book highlighted the values of family.
Comments
Sophun
I really like how everyone is so open about their responses and feelings.☺
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