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.

Lily Renee, Escape Artist

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

This vibrantly illustrated graphic novel tells Lily Renee’s real life story, from her idyllic pre-war, 1930’s childhood in Austria through her challenging experiences as a refugee in England, and finally, as she begins her new life as a comic book artist in America.   Read More »


Posted April 01, 2016  | 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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The Watcher in the Shadows

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

This fun fantasy, rich in Jewish context, is a sequel to The Inquisitor's Apprentice, in which thirteen year-old Sacha Kessler’s special talent for seeing magic lands him an apprenticeship with the police department’s star inquisitors in a magical, turn-of-the-century New York City. Read More »