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.


Information for Parents: PJ Our Way (PJOW) Design Team 2016 – 2017

Posted July 28, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Does your kid want to join the National Design Team and create content for PJ Our Way that will be seen and enjoyed by all members of the program? Check out the details and read how to apply! Read More »

My Guardian Angel

Posted July 28, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Elvina, twelve year-old granddaughter of Rashi (Solomon ben Isaac of Troyes, France, the famous Bible commentator), loves to write and read – rare interests for a girl in 11th century France. She is helping to hide a young, injured Crusader soldier who would rather be a scholar than a fighter. This could potentially be catastrophic for the Jewish community which is living under the shadow of the Crusader leader, Peter the Hermit, a fearful man with a reputation of violence.

Translated from the French, and winner of the illustrious Prix Sorciéres, this beautifully written story switches from first person to third when Elvina shares her thoughts and dreams with “Mazal,” her guardian angel. The danger and suspense will appeal to kids, and many will be intrigued (and probably indignant!) by antiquated gender role differences described throughout the story. An historical afterword and glossary complete this lovely work of historical fiction.

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Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

Posted July 28, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Life has been difficult for Jacob Kaufman in the past four months since his mother died. His father, Itzak, is mourning; his little sister, Sophie, is often inconsolable; and the family lives in desperately poor conditions in San Francisco. When Jacob tries to adopt a little street dog, Itzak refuses to let it stay. Just when Jacob can’t imagine things getting any worse, he finds himself at the epicenter of the worst earthquake to ever hit San Francisco, the “Great Earthquake of 1906.” What ensues is the suspenseful story of how Jacob and his dog, Quake, traverse the rubble of the city in an effort to reunite with Itzak and Sophie. Along the way they befriend a Chinese boy named San and see both the ugly face of prejudice and the beauty of people who offer true kindness to others.

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Penina Levine is a Potato Pancake

Posted July 28, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Hanukkah break is looking like a disaster for Penina Levine: her best friend is headed to Aruba; her beloved sixth grade teacher is leaving for Tucson, Arizona; and her little sister, Mimsy, is driving her crazy. Read More »