Okay, I know I've mentioned her a few times before, but I couldn't help but blog about my friend Gae Polisner and her book The Pull of Gravity, due out next month, but available on Amazon Preorder now. okay, so she's a virtual friend, but I'm still totally counting it (make sure you read, or at least skip to, the end of this post - there's a giveaway!)
Back in November, when we only had a few lovely followers, we interviewed Gae - read it here.
Here's the description of her book:
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.
Check out these blurbs (please don't die of jealousy, we'd miss you):
“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
Here's the cover:
Now that I (er, some other famous people) got your attention, how would you like your very own copy of The Pull of Gravity (well, on or around May 10th when it comes out)? It's available for preorder on Amazon. There's a giveaway at Goodreads. Or comment on this post!! One lucky commenter will be chosen by random.org and erica and christy will contact you for your information (this time, we'll limit it to US friends - we love the rest of you, but in this case, we want to give the book away instead of a gift card and the shipping kills us). Oh, and, well, I *might* have a signed bookmark or two to include just don't tell Gae that I didn't give them all away to the teachers and librarians yet, I swear I only kept a couple...
Here's our question: What's your favorite "P" word???
Copied from Gae's comment: (also, note to any teacher that teaches Of Mice and Men and wants to use TPoG in conjunction with it, I wrote a quick essay on bridging The Pull of Gravity with Of Mice and Men here and would be happy to talk with you about a Skype visit!! click here for her email