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.

Bridge to America

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

Spunky nine year-old Fivel lives with his mother, sisters, and brother in Vilkomerski, Poland in the early 1900's. Threatened by Cossacks, starvation, and freezing temperatures, the family is barely surviving, even with the help of kindhearted Beryl the baker. It seems like a miracle when Fivel's long absent father finally sends them passage money to join him in America. As a Jewish immigrant boy in Duluth, Minnesota, Fivel (now Phil) struggles to fit in with the local kids without losing his identity. Read More »

The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz

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

This fast-paced, contemporary book is written as a series of funny and sarcastic emails from eighth-grader Amy Finawitz to her best friend, Callie. Callie has left New York City to spend the year in Kansas and Amy keeps her updated on her life. Things get exciting when Amy begins researching the life of Jewish immigrant Anna Slonovich with the help of Miss Sophia (Amy's elderly neighbor), Beryl (Miss Sophia's Orthodox Jewish nephew), and John (Amy's school crush). Read More »

Mitzvah the Mutt

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

This is the perfect book for kids who love animals. When Mitzvah the mutt is adopted by the Bergers, he brings his unique doggie perspective to everything Jewish. Matza balls become edible tennis balls and Moses at the Red Sea must be another dog who loves the water. Full of puns and silly jokes, this book is pure fun! 
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