What’s Available This Month: May PJ Our Way Books

Posted April 16, 2018  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Welcome to this new PJ Our Way Parents’ Blog where each month we will share information about the four books available for selection in PJ Our Way.

A Time to Be Brave by Joan Betty Stuchner

Historical Fiction

Ages: 8+

112 pages

Ten-year-old David and his family live in Copenhagen in 1943, three years into the Nazi occupation. Life is complicated and a bit dangerous, as David’s family is Jewish and many of their friends and acquaintances are involved with the Resistance. Despite this worrisome background, David’s attitude is positive and cheerful, and his patriotic pride shines throughout the story. When they discover that the Nazis are planning to round up Denmark’s Jews, David and his family escape with the help of their Christian neighbors. An afterword including a honey cake recipe, map, timeline and “Behind the Story” appendix complete this lovely, informative and easy-to-read book.

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell

Historical Fiction

Ages: 10+

305 pages

Twelve-year-old Ted’s not much of a student, but he’s a whiz at computer games. Especially escape games. When he inherits the contents of his namesake great uncle’s apartment, he and his two friends are drawn into a complicated mystery around Great Uncle Ted’s experiences as an Asian American soldier during WWII. This fast-paced and thrilling book will delight young readers as Ted and his friends try to solve the puzzle before the bad guys.

Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch

Graphic Novel

Ages: 8+

140 pages

This offbeat graphic novel (third of a trilogy including: Hereville: How Mirka Got her Sword and Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite) is set in a fictitious Jewish shtetl (a small Eastern European Jewish village) called Hereville. The heroine, Mirka, is not your typical eleven-year-old Orthodox Jewish shtetl girl. She dreams of becoming a hero and slaying monsters, and is decidedly not enthused to be babysitting her little sister, Layele. Mirka’s thirst for adventure leads her in over her head as she fights a magical fish with a thirst for revenge and discovers what is most precious to her..

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

Contemporary Fiction

Ages: 9+

209 pages

Sixth grader Sonia Nadhamuni is half-Jewish and half-South Asian. When her father loses his job, she is forced to switch from a private, alternative school that she loves, to the local public school. Sonia struggles to understand herself and her Jewish identity, particularly in her relationships with Alisha (an African-American aspiring writer) and Kate (a popular cheerleader).

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