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.


PJ Our Way Went to Camp!

Posted August 31, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

This summer PJ Our Way went to camp, and made a splash at 46 Jewish overnight and day camps. Approximately 9000 campers received PJ Our Way books and participated in fun programming including a “choose-your-own adventure” style scavenger hunt, bunk activities, reading rest hours, and even a Hanukkah celebration! Read More »

B.U.G.

Posted August 30, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Twelve-year-old Sammy Greenburg is a natural bully magnet: he’s a Jewish smart-aleck with a strong sense of justice and a penchant for complicated vocabulary.  When he gets his head stuffed down a toilet for the seventh time and some kids beat up his best friend, Sammy decides to take matters into his own hands, so he creates his own protection.  With Gully the Golem as his personal bodyguard, Sammy feels safer at school, but eventually he discovers that fighting violence with violence is a riskier strategy than he could have anticipated. Over the course of this fresh and offbeat story by the prolific Jane Yolen (and her son, Adam Stemple), Sammy plays some great klezmer, embraces his own quirkiness, and learns the power of friendship.   Read More »

A Time to Be Brave

Posted August 30, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Ten-year-old David and his family live in Copenhagen in 1943, three years into the Nazi occupation. Life is complicated and a bit dangerous, as David’s family is Jewish and many of their friends and acquaintances are involved with the Resistance. Despite this worrisome background, David’s attitude is positive and cheerful, and his patriotic pride shines throughout the story. When they discover that the Nazis are planning to round up Denmark’s Jews, David and his family escape with the help of their Christian neighbors. An afterword including a honey cake recipe, map, timeline and “Behind the Story” appendix complete this lovely, informative and easy-to-read book.   Read More »