Your PJ Our Way Books for September

Posted September 01, 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 Faraway Island

A Faraway Island by Annika Thor

Ages 10+

248 pages

Twelve-year-old Stephie and her little sister Nellie are sent from Nazi-occupied Vienna to foster homes on a tiny, remote island off the coast of Sweden. Nellie picks up the language easily and soon feels at home, but Stephie finds it difficult to make friends at school and to live up to strict Aunt Marta’s standards. Although there is the tension of Stephie’s worry about her parents, for the most part this is a universal story of a bookish girl trying to fit into a new environment. The island backdrop and Stephie’s stern foster mother and kindly foster father are reminiscent of the classic Anne of Green Gables. The author is Swedish-Jewish, and this is the first book in a series.


Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot: Soldier, Model, and Wonder Woman by Jill Sherman

Ages 9+

42 pages

Gal Gadot is the Israeli actress who starred in Wonder Woman, the first ever female-directed superhero movie. This is the story of her childhood and career. Kids will be inspired by her success as an international actress who juggles family and career with grace and aplomb.


The Time Tunnel

The Time Tunnel: Jerusalem Under Siege by Galila Ron-Feder-Amit

Ages: 9+

96 pages

The Time Tunnel is a popular Israeli series about ten-year-old friends Dan and Sharon who travel back in time to periods in Israeli and Jewish history. In this English edition created just for PJ Our Way, Sharon and Dan end up in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City just as the Jewish inhabitants are surrendering to Jordan’s Arab Legion in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. The story is fast-paced and exciting, and the sadness of defeat is tempered by the fact that Sharon and David know that one day Jews will again live freely in both the Old and New Cities of Jerusalem.


The Watcher in the Shadows

The Watcher in the Shadows by Chris Moriarty

Ages: 11+

326 pages

This fun fantasy, rich in Jewish context, is a sequel to The Inquisitor's Apprentice, in which thirteen-year-old Sacha Kessler’s special talent for seeing magic lands him an apprenticeship with the police department’s star inquisitors in a magical, turn-of-the-century New York City. (Click here to read the Parent Page for The Inquisitor’s Apprentice.) (Despite plenty of background information reiterated in this volume, in order to fully understand what is going on, kids should read the books in sequence.) 

In this fast-paced, exciting story, the Klezmer King has been murdered onstage during a performance and Sacha is determined to find the killer before he strikes again. Sacha faces his doppelganger dybbuk once more, and the evil Morgaunt is still at large, attempting to control all the black magic in New York City. Full of period details about the Worker’s Rights Movement, neighborhood mafias, and the immigrant experience, The Watcher in the Shadows is fresh historical fiction with a magical twist.


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