Your PJ Our Way Books for June

Posted June 01, 2019  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Check out PJ Our Way’s choices for June! This month, a kid must adjust to country life after moving from the big city in The Doughnut FixThe Sound of Freedom also deals with the theme of moving, following a girl whose family emigrates from Poland.  In Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues, a teen tries to balance ballet, her best friend, and her bat mitzvah.  Finally, Mitzvah the Mutt shows us a rescue dog’s take on everything Jewish.  PJ Our Way is proud to offer these four fantastic selections!

The Doughnut Fix

The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

Ages 10+

304 pages

When Tristan’s father loses his job, he decides to relocate the family from Manhattan to rural upstate New York. Tristan’s younger sister Jeanine is a math genius who copes by spending all of her time studying and Skyping with her best friend from home. Four-year-old Zoe adapts fairly well, especially after her Dad installs a zip-line in the basement. Tristan is left somewhere in the middle, struggling to maintain a friendship with his best bud from home while trying to find his place in a town that doesn’t have a single restaurant. When Tristan discovers a new friend and a recipe for life-changing chocolate cream doughnuts, he realizes that he might be able to put his baking skills to use in surprising ways.

The Sound of Freedom

The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer

Ages: 10+

278 pages

Life is good for Anna Hirsch: her loving father is a respected clarinetist in Krakow, her Baba is a wonderful cook, and Anna and her best friend Renata make a perfect team. But with Hitler in power, Mr. Hirsch’s music students abandon him, and Renata’s family leaves for Denmark. Then superstar violinist Bronislaw Huberman comes to Poland to audition musicians for a new orchestra he is setting up in Palestine. Anna’s father auditions successfully, and the family emigrates, embarking on a future full of new possibilities but also new challenges. The Sound of Freedom is based in part on the true story of the origins of the Israel Philharmonic.

Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues

Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues by Ferida Wolff

Ages: 9+

143 pages

Alyssa is relieved to be done with her bat mitzvah so she can totally focus on her dancing! But, many other pressures in her life compete with her total dedication to her craft. Rabbi Perelman wants her to join the confirmation class and continue her Jewish education, and her best friend Ellen is very sick and needs her, too. As Alyssa steps into her role as a modern Jewish teen, she learns to make her own decisions, integrating the rigorous demands of ballet training with other important values in her life.

Mitzvah the Mutt

Mitzvah the Mutt By Sylvia A. Rouss

Ages: 9+

98 pages

This is the perfect book for kids who love animals. When Mitzvah the mutt is adopted by the Bergers, he brings his unique doggie perspective to everything Jewish. Matzah balls become edible tennis balls and Moses at the Red Sea must be another dog who loves the water. Full of puns and silly jokes, this book is pure fun!

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