Our team of PJ Our Way professionals puts great thought into each month's selections. These books span a range of interests and reading levels, however, we cannot guarantee that every book is the right fit for every child. Each month, this blog will include updated parent information including summaries, discussion points, and content warnings for every title we offer.


The Whole Story of Half a Girl

Posted October 01, 2014  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

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). Read More »

When Life Gives You O.J.

Posted October 01, 2014  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Ten year-old Zelly Fried and her family live in Vermont with Zelly’s grandfather, “Ace” Greenberg.  Ace is loud, eccentric, and in-your-face and he has devised a plan to get Zelly the pet of her dreams: all she has to do is pretend that an old orange juice container is a dog; if she can feed and care for her “practice dog”, her parents may reward her hard work and responsible behavior by getting her a real one. The result is an engaging, contemporary story with lots of humor and an emphasis on the development of a close relationship between a girl and her grandfather. Read More »

Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium

Posted October 01, 2014  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Ruth Kapustin and her two children, Shoshi (age ten) and Moshe (age eight), are living hand-to-mouth in a tiny Russian village as Papa Kapustin chases his fortune in America. When a mysterious peddler’s egg hatches into a fire-breathing dragon, Snigger, their luck begins to change. They travel by ship to New York in search of Papa Kapustin, have many exciting adventures, and meet some really quirky characters. Read More »

The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden

Posted October 01, 2014  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

This is the adventurous story of Ariel Isaacson and his family, who journey from their Russian shtetl (Yiddish for a small Eastern European town with a large Jewish population) to the post-Civil War Wild West. After being forced to move numerous times, they find themselves in the territory of the legendary and feared Apache. Read More »