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

Posted June 28, 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 of Angels

A Time of Angels By Karen Hesse

Ages 11+

288 pages

Hannah lives in a crowded Boston tenement apartment with her Tanta (Aunt) Rose, her aunt’s friend, Vashti, and her two little sisters. World War I has begun and the city is struck by the great influenza epidemic. Hannah is sent to Albany, New York, to escape illness, but she mistakenly boards the train to Brattleboro, Vermont. Alone and beginning to be sick with the flu, she arrives in Brattleboro, where she is taken in by a kind German man, Klaus Gerhard. Klaus respects Hannah’s Jewish traditions and cares for her until she is well enough to return home.

Rabbi Harvey Rides Again

Amelia’s Middle-School Graduation Yearbook by Marissa Moss

Ages 10+

80 pages

Amelia’s finishing up eighth grade and is very apprehensive about entering high school. She can’t wait until the summer so she can hang out at the pool with her best friend, Carly, and do absolutely nothing. But her long-absent father has invited Amelia and her sister to Chicago to study Hebrew and have a joint bat mitzvah, and she’s just found out that Carly is switching schools next year. Growing up is so complicated, but Amelia’s quirky illustrated journal is just the ticket to help her stop worrying so much about everything.  

Ilan Ramon: Israel's Space Hero

Ilan Ramon Israel’s Super Hero by Barbara Sofer

Ages: 9+

56 pages

Famous Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon represented Jews all over the world when he joined the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. This is the story of how he grew up to become Israel’s foremost astronaut, from his childhood in Beersheva, through his bar mitzvah following the Six-Day War, to his army service as a pilot and his training as an astronaut. This is an inspiring biography about an Israeli hero.  


Takedown By Laura Shovan

Ages: 10+

263 pages

Lev is determined to beat his rival on the wrestling team and make it to the state championships, while Mikayla wants to follow in the footsteps of her wrestling champ father and older brothers. When she joins the Gladiators and becomes Lev’s training partner, he’s not happy to be working with a girl, and some of the other boys don’t want Mickey on the team at all. Eventually Lev comes to respect her skill and determination to succeed in a male-dominated sport and he begins to see wrestling in a different light. Told in alternating chapters through the eyes of Lev and Mickey, Takedown introduces kids to a less common sport, but it’s also about friendship, responsibility, discrimination and the price of winning at all costs.

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