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.


The Path of Names

Posted September 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Thirteen year-old Dahlia would much rather be doing math or practicing her magic tricks than going to Jewish summer camp. But Camp Arava gets much more interesting when Dahlia sees ghosts walking through her cabin wall.

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Rabbi Harvey vs. the Wisdom Kid: A Graphic Novel of Dueling Jewish Folktales in the Wild West

Posted September 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

In this third book of the Rabbi Harvey series, Rabbi Harvey, the non-violent leader of the fictional town of Elk Spring, Colorado, is up against a whole team of bad guys! Bad Bubbe and her two sons (one of whom is also a rabbi) have a master plan to kick Rabbi Harvey out of town. “Big Milt” Wasserman and his son are also eager to see Rabbi Harvey go. Rabbi Harvey must use his wits and Jewish wisdom to save himself, his friend Abigail, and the town from ruin. This well-drawn graphic novel is an easy and enjoyable book for readers of all ages.

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The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11

Posted September 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

When Katie’s widowed mother remarries, she must leave her friends in New York City to move to the middle of nowhere in Texas. The only Jewish girl in the class, she writes of her hopes and fears in humorous diary entries and letters, until one day she hatches a plan to run away back to New York. Katie’s voice is a typical eleven-year-old’s, albeit somewhat self-centered. Her breezy style and the illustrated diary format makes this an attractive and contemporary choice despite its post-WWII setting. Read More »

Twerp

Posted September 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Julian is a nice kid who made a big mistake. As part of his punishment, he has to write a journal about what happened. Julian avoids the issue for as long as he can, instead writing in composition notebook after composition notebook about his ill-fated escapades including his fear that the new boy in school will usurp his title of fastest runner in sixth grade, and his attempt to play cupid for his best friend, Lonnie. A fresh, funny, moving and realistic picture of a close-knit group of Jewish friends in 1969 Queens, New York.  Read More »