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.


Secrets in the House of Delgado

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

Eleven year-old Maria Sanchez’s entire family died in an epidemic in Spain in 1492 and now she is completely alone in the world. Her priest, Fra Adolfo, finds her a position as a lady's maid for the impetuous and friendly Angelica, beloved daughter of the Delgado family. Maria is expected to carefully observe and report any signs of Jewish ritual in the Delgado home to Fra Adolfo. (Since the Delgado family became Conversos over one hundred years earlier, when they were forcibly converted to Christianity, the Church suspects them of not being “true” Catholics.) The Delgado family treats Maria kindly and she begins to develop romantic feelings for Angelica's older brother, Juan Pablo. When Juan Pablo becomes betrothed to someone else, Maria denounces the family to Fra Adolfo, but later regrets her actions and helps the family escape Spain and the Inquisition.

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The Boy From Seville

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

One hundred and fifty years after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, Manuel Nunez and his family are living as secret Jews in Seville. If the officers of the Inquisition found out that the Nunez’s are only pretending to be Christian, then the Nunez’s would be tortured and possibly killed! Manuel must be courageous and resourceful; nobody can be trusted, not even his neighbor, the beautiful Violetta. This fast-paced story is packed with adventure, as Manuel and his family hide their true identity from friends, neighbors, servants, and even from certain members of their own family.

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Aces Wild

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

Aces Wild begins where When Life Gives You O.J. (another PJOW book choice) leaves off (though it can be read as a stand-alone title).

Zelly Fried has just turned eleven. She and her family live in Vermont with her grandfather, "Ace" Greenberg, and her new dog, also called "Ace." Ace-the-grandfather is loud, eccentric, and in-your-face. Ace-the-dog is always getting into trouble. Zelly is eager to have her very first sleepover, but first Ace-the-overactive-puppy must pass his doggie obedience class. Who is the best person to help with this? Why Ace-the-grandfather, of course! Or is he? Read More »

Rabbi Harvey Rides Again

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

Once again, author Steve Sheinkin makes clever and witty Jewish folktakes accessible anf fun for kids. Set in the Wild West of the 1870s, Rabbi Harvey is the unlikely leader of the citizens of Elk Spring, Colorado. Equipped with Jewish knowledge, a good heart, and a keen wit, Rabbi Harvey resolves disputes, fights crime, and saves the town from no-good robbers. This well-drawn graphic novel is an easy and enjoyable book for readers of all ages! Read More »