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.


Aces Wild

Posted January 01, 2016  | 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 »

Under the Domim Tree

Posted January 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

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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