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.


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

Ellie Taylor’s dream is to attend the prestigious Benedict’s Conservatory of Arts and Academics and join the best speech team in the country. Benedict’s is a private school that is expensive, competitive, and Christian, but Ellie has a plan. She enrolls in the school’s summer camp, hoping to earn herself a place and a full scholarship by winning the final competition. Ellie soon discovers, however, that although her religion shouldn’t matter, it does to Mrs. Doris Yeats, the benefactor sponsoring the scholarship. Ellie ultimately decides that her Jewish identity is something to be proud of, no matter what.

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Stealing Home

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

Orphaned at age nine, Joey Sexton has already experienced a more fraught and complicated life than most adults. When Joey’s mother dies of an apparent drug overdose (which is not described in detail), he is sent from his home in the Bronx to live in Brooklyn with his mother’s Jewish family that he never knew existed. Life in post-war Brooklyn is already tough for a biracial kid, but now Joey must contend with his grandfather’s ambivalence about adopting him. To make matters worse, Joey is a die-hard Yankees fan and he has entered indisputable Dodgers territory! But with baseball as a backdrop, and Jackie Robinson as an inspiration, Joey manages to find his way into his grandfather’s heart as he discovers the true meaning of family,love, and loyalty.

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When Life Gives You O.J.

Posted June 01, 2015  | 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 »