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.


Under the Domim Tree

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

This book is a special selection for Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), April 16, 2015.
This is a poignant and beautifully written translation of a classic Israeli book about a group of children who live in a youth village in Israel in the 1950s. Aviya, the narrator, is a native Israeli, but most of the other children in the village are Holocaust survivors, each struggling with painful memories. In this gripping novel, Aviya finds young love and deals with her family’s ghosts; Yola discovers that her father has survived the war; and Mira must confront a past that she does not even remember. As the plot develops, we are witness to the power of friendship, love, and respect as each child’s wounds slowly heal.

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The Inquisitor's Apprentice

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

Thirteen year-old Sacha Kessler is the Jewish Harry Potter of the Lower East Side. 
 
The Inquisitor’s Apprentice presents an alternative, magical reality with the colorful backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York. Neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, the Bowery, and Chinatown are not only divided along ethnic and class lines, but also according to magical skill and expertise, and they are policed by the Inquisitor Squad (a special division of the NYPD dedicated to monitoring magical crimes). Because of his unusual ability to detect magic, Sacha finds himself apprenticed to Maximilian Wolf, New York’s most powerful inquisitor. Sacha is joined by the wealthy and privileged Lily Astral (based on the famous Astors), and together they attempt to identify the person trying to murder Thomas Edison. As Lily and Sacha fit the pieces of this magical puzzle together, they meet Harry Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt, and the cunning and sly Wall Street Wizard, J.P. Morgaunt.
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