PJ Our Way Graduate Book Recommendations

Posted April 19, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Design Team

Thanks for being a part of PJ Our Way! Now that you’re graduating from the program, here are our top book recommendations for teens. Do you have others to recommend or do you have great books to recommend for PJ Our Way? Let us know in the comments below and scroll down to see Hannah’s top book recommendations!
Incantation by Alice Hoffman
This poetically beautiful story, from the very talented Alice Hoffman, is about two best friends, Estrella and Catalina, who find themselves in love with the same boy. You’ll be riveted by this story of friendship, jealousy, passion, and regret set in rural Spain during the Inquisition.


The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman
Freddie, a struggling ventriloquist, has a new tenant. Avraham Amos, the dybbuk of a child murdered in the Holocaust, has taken possession of Freddie’s body and is determined to get revenge. The late Sid Fleischman outdid himself in this creative and entertaining tale, full of gallows humour, and “Borscht belt” style slapstick.


The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Karl is Jewish in 1934 Berlin, not that he ever noticed it before. When the local bullies discover his identity, he gets beaten up and must learn to defend himself. Max Schmeling, German heavyweight champion, offers him boxing lessons in exchange for a painting from Karl’s father’s gallery. You’ll love this gripping story about sports, love, boxing, and life in Nazi Germany.


Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen
After a prank goes sour, sixteen year-old Raina is expelled from her Manhattan high school. Sent to live with her super strict aunt in Toronto, she’s desperate to make things right with her sister, Leah, who blames her for destroying her engagement and chasing her fiance away. In a hilarious series of events, Raina becomes a much sought after, anonymous, matchmaker, healing broken hearts through her online personality, Matchmaven.

And now, top book recommendations from Hannah from Ohio (member of 2014-15 Design Team):

Top of the list:
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Found (part of the series 'Missing') by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Out of my Mind  by Sharon Draper (I did my review on this book to get into the DT)
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
More books that I love:
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
I can not believe that I will not be able to get any more books.
4/30/2018 1:07:18 PM
lemme get some more books please
1/12/2018 8:06:39 PM
I wish to live with My PJ Our Way much longer!!!!
1/8/2018 2:22:05 PM
I can't believe i'm graduating. I LOVE PJ OUR WAY!!!!
1/5/2018 11:12:19 AM
I'm graduating? What does that mean?
1/4/2018 8:14:12 PM
wow! I've read almost all the books on the list! wonder is amazing!
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