Your PJ Our Way Books for August

Posted July 25, 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.

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During WWII

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During WWII by Louise Borden

Ages 10+

129 pages

Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat to Hungary, risked his life to save thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War Two. This superbly researched biography, complete with illustrations, maps, and photos, documents his heroism and is chock full of messages of tolerance, courage, and willingness to make a difference. Kids (and adults!) will be inspired by the bravery and daring of this extraordinary man. This book won the gold medal in the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards.

he Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol

The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol by Eric A. Kimmel

Ages 9+

64 pages

Hershel of Ostropol is modeled after a clever, irreverent, and poverty stricken Jewish prankster eking out a living by his wits in Eastern Europe in the 1900s. Kids (and adults) of all ages will be charmed by Herschel’s antics in this kid-friendly, easy-to-read adaptation of traditional Yiddish folktales. 

The Cats in the Doll Shop

The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Ages: 9+

160 pages

In this charming sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs, Anna is now 11. She still plays with dolls, but there’s something new to focus on: the neighborhood stray cat is having kittens. Anna is desperate to take one home, but Papa won’t allow it, and she can’t seem to change his mind. Meanwhile, cousin Tania comes to live with the family and struggles to adapt after the difficulties she experienced back in wartime Russia. Eventually Tania and the kitten help each other to heal and to become members of the family.

The Importance of Wings

The Importance of Wings by Laura Shovan

Ages: 10+

166 pages

What do Israeli-born Roxanne and her sister Gayle want more than anything else? To be American and to fit in. Roxanne worries about having the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, and being picked last in gym. With their mother back in Israel caring for their sick aunt and their father working late every night driving a taxi in the city, Roxanne and Gayle spend most of their time watching reruns of old TV shows about perfect all-American families. That's until a new girl moves into the “cursed” pink house next door. Beautiful, cool, athletic Liat is also Jewish and Israeli, and over the course of their friendship she teaches Roxanne the importance of being true to herself. Kids will relate to this frank portrayal of typical teenage angst set in an 80s retro-style background rich in Israeli culture and pride.

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