Pre-orders, Polisner, and (The) Pull of Gravity

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


  1. My favorite P-word? Hmmm...

    *rubs chin while pondering*

    They'd kill me if I say THAT

    *continues to pontificate*

    But they did ask - and it is my favorite

    *rereads question*

    Well, here goes...


    My favorite P-word is...

    *prepares to run from room*


  2. oh, and I Previously Pre-ordered Polisner, say Please Pass it on to another Potential Prospect

  3. Polished, without a doubt.

    Which means I would want this book just for her last name, Polisner.

  4. What a wonderful story with a wonderful message! I think it would be a great story to share.

  5. Gravity is the force of mutual attraction on a larger scale. The natural ebb and flow can pair things in uncanny ways. My "P" is not that intertwined unless you like donuts.

  6. So happy for Gae! It's finally coming out.

    I would love a chance to read it. I'm not super friendly with Gae, but I have chatted with her several times on the threads of ABNA.

  7. This looks like a great book, and any book that gets that kind of review from Kirkus gets my attention. Great contest!

    My favorite 'P' word? That's easy: Phooey!

  8. My favorite P- word is Perseverance. It got me where I am today. :)

  9. Great P word; I would so love to win...it is near my birthday! It sounds great off to visit Gae~
    Thank you!

  10. I'm with Akoss on the P word-perseverance!

    This book sounds amazing, and I'd love to read it. I'm intrigued by the idea of following the words of Steinbeck. How cool!

  11. Oooo. Steinbeck and YA...I'm positively pumped about that prospect.

  12. Polisner, Polisner, Polisner! *waits*

    She didn't appear in my office. Wasn't that how this works? teehee--seriously though, while I'm not dead yet, I am TOTALLY jealous of her reviews! And I want this book SO BAD!!!! (and after I read it, I plan to send it to a high school teacher friend so he can push his students to read it. So there.)

    P words I dig: Promiscuity, periwinkle, and POTTER! (not to mention perturb, pickle and pomp)

  13. I love you PEOPLE.

    These commments are POSITIVELY PLUBERB. Um. Why is it so hard to find a good P word that means wonderful?

    E & C, thank you so much for doing this. I hope those who read, enjoy. :)

  14. i think Gae will back me up when I say that my favorite P word is Penguin. ;)

    Also, you may Pass my entry onto another Personable Participent

  15. My favorite P word? Well since it is a random drawing, I don't suppose saying Polisner helps me win via bribing? :-)

    So I pick "Passport" because it has gotten me so many fantastic places and will get me to so many more!

  16. (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: http://theyalitreview.blogspot.com/2011/02/bridging-pull-of-gravity-and-of-mice.html

    and would be very happy to pay a Skype visit.

    and, Mike, you did a particularly potent performance with the Ps. :)

  17. Perfect, as in Perfect Read, which is what the critics are saying about Polisner's Pull of Gravity. I've also Pre-ordered, so I Prefer to Pass my entry onto a Potential Peruser of Primo YA literature, Please.

  18. My favorite p-word is perseverate.

  19. Prescient, perceptive and perspicacious are pretty positive p-words, in my perception.

    : D

  20. Pah-leeze! Perhaps I'll pass on ping-ponging the P's, perchance for pie?

  21. Positively Perfect!!!

    Loved this P word!!!

    I also love the new look of your blog. It could be here forever but I've just gotten the chance to visit now ;) Glad I stopped in.

  22. Oh man! Both of my kids just finished reading Of Mice & Men and it's pretty close to the top of my TBR pile and now I so want to win this book. So how's this for a P word...please (accompanied by batting eyelashes.) ;) I'll add it over at Goodreads right now in case the eyelashes didn't work.

  23. What a pervasively persuasive (and pretty) pile of peers posting here (oh man, oh man, I am reaching). Jim is pitch-perfect, Randy is purposefully stuck on pie, probably peach or pecan. Little penguin is GRACE(!)fully passing on her potential pot to others. Nicki is a perfect parenting prize-prayer, and I have lost all perspective except to keep piling on Ps.

  24. My favorite P word (of the moment) is peanut. It makes my 5 year old giggle and it is in my current favorite writing snack (Peanut M&Ms).

  25. You guys are way too awesome. I'm now begging my husband for money to buy each of you a copy. (Wow, it was harder than I thought not to use any "P" words in my comment after reading these brilliant words!)

  26. sounds very cool! And how neat that you know Gae Polisner! Kewl... I like her comment full of Ps. :D xoxo

  27. I love Gae and I'm super excited for her book <3 xD 20 days left, and YES, I am counting lol
    Right off the top of my head I would have to say my "P" word would be "Pancakes"

  28. My P word is PRE-ORDER. Which I've already done with Polisner's PULL. Can't wait for it to arrive Posthaste. :-)

  29. My favourite P word is Pontificate.
    The book sounds fantasic

  30. Can't wait to read this one!

    Favorite P word would have to be "pudding."

  31. the more that I think about it, I really like the word periphery.

    (If I win the book, please give my copy away)

  32. Sounds like a great book! I have a stack to read already, just like everybody else, but I will add it to the list!

    P-word... hmm... Perfect! Although yesterday an instructor said my draft seemed "polished", so I'm feeling pretty good about that one, too. Oh, and "pizza". But not pepperoni.

  33. Two favorite "P" words: Polisner and pussywillow. My bush is just coming out in little furry friends.

    I'm a Canadian but I have a mailbox in Blaine, Wa. for my Amazon books. Does that qualify me?

  34. Possible. As in, is it possible I could win this book??????

  35. We have a winner! Congratulations, Julie Musil! Thanks everyone for visiting and don't forget to buy your copy of TPoG soon (now would be fine!).


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