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 Storyteller's Beads

Posted March 01, 2015  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

This is a beautifully written story about two Ethiopian girls from very different backgrounds: Rahel is blind and from the Beta-Israel (Jewish) community; Sahay is an orphan and from the Kemant (Christian) community. The girls overcome their prejudices and learn to love and trust each other during their dangerous and difficult journey across Ethiopia and the Sudan.

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When The Hurricane Came

Posted March 01, 2015  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, nine year-old Gertie, her mom, and her brother traveled to Memphis to stay with Gertie’s Aunt Charlene and Uncle Mike until the danger had passed. When they left their home, they had no idea that they would never see it again! Living in Memphis, Gertie tries hard to adjust to a new school and new friends, and to come to terms with losing her home and possessions. She also really misses her dad who stayed behind to serve as a doctor in the devastated city. Gertie returns to New Orleans with a better understanding of what is important in life, transforming her experience of loss into one of determination to repair and rebuild her home.

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Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium

Posted March 01, 2015  | 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.

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