The Pull of Gravity

The Pull of Gravity

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While Nick Gardner's family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot's final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of "Of Mice and Men "to the Scoot's father. There's just one problem: the Scoot's father walked out years ago and hasn't been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck's life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.
Characters you'll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make this a truly original coming-of-age story.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 23mm | 318g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0374371938
  • 9780374371937
  • 1,454,748

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"The very sentimentalism of the situation, the quest nature of the plot, and the quirkiness of the characters will appeal to many young readers." --"BCCB""What summer reading list is complete without a road-trip novel? Especially one that extols the virtues of reading sad books and contains the sentence: 'Parents are such idiots.'" -"Newsday
""Polisner's first novel begins with a bang and ends with another . . . . There is a great deal to enjoy throughout, and literary kids will surely enjoy a subplot involving John Steinbeck." -"Booklist
""Characters feel real . . . and the plot zips along, championing strength in adversity." -"School Library Journal
""She [Gae Polisner] is a writer young adult readers will surely want to hear more from."
"The very sentimentalism of the situation, the quest nature of the plot, and the quirkiness of the characters will appeal to many young readers." -"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
""Although the teens' best laid plans go oft awry, they discover that the force of the universe is with them--or at least friendship, family and romance. Pulls the heart in all the right places." -"Kirkus Reviews
""Scooter, Nick, and Jaycee are real, and they're funny. I love how they yearn for something beautiful, warm, and true to lift them from the lousy, sad absurdity of their circumstances. And I love the unlikely places where they find it: Yoda. A possibly misguided bus trip. Red wax lips. Real lips. And each other. I love that they find it mostly in each other."--Lynne Rae Perkins, Newbery Medal-winning author of "As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth"
"Part love story, part adventure story, funny and serious, "The Pull of Gravity" is a delightful read."--Francisco X. Stork, author of "Marcelo in the Real World
""Gae Polisner writes with fluidity and grace. "The Pull of Gravity" will draw you in and keep you thinking long after you've closed the book." -K.L. Going, author of "King of the Screwups
"""The Pull of Gravity" is the whole package--realistic, quirky, fun, and weepy. Polisner is an author to watch." --Mary E. Pearson, author of "The Miles Between
"""The Pull of Gravity" is a clever, masterfully told tale of loyalty and redemption that will pull you in and hook you 'til the last page.--Chris Crutcher, author of "Deadline"
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About Gae Polisner

Gae Polisner is a wife, mother, and family law attorney/mediator by trade, but a writer by calling. "The Pull of Gravity" is her first novel.
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980 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 32% (311)
4 34% (335)
3 23% (226)
2 8% (75)
1 3% (33)

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The Pull Of Gravity may not sound too extraordinary, but the characters definitely make this story come to life with their Slinky bracelets, feverish dreams of evil cherry cola monsters, and wise Yoda-isms. Nick's "nice guy" personality keeps Jaycee's larger-than-life eccentricities at bay, and together they make the journey to find Scoot's dad as memorable and one-of-a-kind as the destination. Every time they seemed to get a hold of a sticky situation, there always seemed to be another one on the ready to cause more hijinks. I would have liked to see the story go on a little longer if only to have more loose ends resolved, but a more charming and heartfelt book I do not think you will find. A perfect bedtime snack of a read or quick road trip - and MORE perfect if you are in dire need of a good book to keep your reading morale more
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