Our team of PJ Our Way professionals puts great thought into each month's selections. These books span a range of interests and reading levels, however, we cannot guarantee that every book is the right fit for every child. Each month, this blog will include updated parent information including summaries, discussion points, and content warnings for every title we offer.


"It Was a Great Experience for my Child"

Posted May 31, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

We asked them, “What did you love about your child’s participation on the team?”


Here is what they said!

Read More »

One is Not a Lonely Number

Posted May 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Thirteen-year-old Talia Schumacher’s beautiful home is always full of guests, especially on Shabbat. In the midst of Talia’s growing resentment about her parent's focus on hachnasat orchim (the Jewish custom of welcoming guests), a visitor named Gabrielle Markus shows up. To Talia’s horror, Gabrielle (a young Jewish woman in her early twenties) is temporarily adopted by the Schumacher family while she puts her life in order. Gabrielle gets a job directing Talia’s school’s production, and slowly Talia begins to appreciate Gabrielle’s quirky personality.

Talia is a whiz at math and has plenty of friends, but she longs for brothers or sisters. While Talia never quite gives up on her dream of having siblings, she does learn to appreciate her own gifts in this gentle coming-of-age story.

Read More »

All Star Season

Posted May 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Baseball is everything to ninth-grader Reuven and his younger brother, Avi. Both boys are determined to become All-Star players and compete in the championship game. As Reuven’s desire for success grows, he struggles with his increasing jealousy of Avi’s confidence, easy-going attitude, and gregarious personality. This story’s exciting action-packed, play-by-play baseball game descriptions make it a great choice for sports lovers of all types.

Read More »

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

Posted May 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

This offbeat graphic novel (a prequel to Hereville: Mirka and the Meteorite) is set in a fictitious Jewish shtetl called Hereville. The heroine, Mirka, is not your typical eleven year-old Orthodox Jewish shtetl girl.  Read More »

Bridge to America

Posted May 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Spunky nine year-old Fivel lives with his mother, sisters, and brother in Vilkomerski, Poland in the early 1900's. Threatened by Cossacks, starvation, and freezing temperatures, the family is barely surviving, even with the help of kindhearted Beryl the baker. It seems like a miracle when Fivel's long absent father finally sends them passage money to join him in America. As a Jewish immigrant boy in Duluth, Minnesota, Fivel (now Phil) struggles to fit in with the local kids without losing his identity. Read More »