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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374371938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374371937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.” –examiner.com

“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

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

"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

"Pulls the heart in all the right places." - Kirkus Reviews

Pennsylvania School Library Association's Top YA Fiction 2011
Bank Street College Best Childrens Fiction 2012 (ages 12-14)

Gae Polisner is a lawyer by trade, but a writer by calling.

The Pull of Gravity is her debut novel, a story of teens Nick and Jaycee who, armed only with the wisdom of Yoda and a rare first edition of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, set out on a secret, whirlwind road trip to keep a promise to their dying friend. It sounds sad, but it's quirky and funny too! Her next young adult novel will be out from Algonquin books soon!

When Gae isn't lawyering or writing, you can find her spending time with her kids or swimming in a pool or the open waters off Long Island. She is a facebook junkie and puts way too much mayonnaise on things. Her next novel will be published by Algonquin Books.

You can learn more about her here:

http://gaepolisner.com

Join her facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/gaepolisnerauthor

or check out THE PULL OF GRAVITY book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA5S51glK_I

More Praise for The Pull of Gravity

"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, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth (Newbery Medal for Criss Cross)

"The Pull of Gravity is the whole package--realistic, quirky, fun, and weepy--Polisner is an author to watch." - Mary E. Pearson, The Fox Inheritance

"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, Deadline.

"Gae Polisner writes with fluidity and grace. The Pull of Gravity is a very moving story with so much heart. It will draw you in and keep you thinking long after you've closed the book." - K.L. Going, King of the Screwups

"Part love story, part adventure story, funny and serious, The Pull of Gravity is a delightful read." - Francisco X. Stork, Last Summer of the Death Warriors


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Gae's characters are quirky and real.
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I found this book held my interest, and I finished it rather quickly.
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Highly recommended for both adults and YA audiences.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bettina M. Restrepo on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Pull of Gravity was an excellent book that I read in a gulp, but thought about for weeks after. Written from the point of view of teen Nick - we follow him on a short trip to find a friend's father. Polisner captures the boy's voice perfectly. Tie in to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Good choice for the classroom, YA fan, or teen reader!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Fielder on November 14, 2011
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A fever is what started it all. And then the story takes off at a feverish pitch and doesn't let up until the final words. Beautifully written and wonderfully paced, "The Pull of Gravity" does just what the title implies: It pulls you in.

Believable characters from the quirky Jaycee to the stumbling Nick to the insightful Scoot, everything about this book just works. It's a very fast read, but the story will stick with you even after you put it down . . . which you'll have a hard time doing.

It's not just a YA book for teens, adults will love the heart of Polisner's storytelling.

There is some language and subject matter that younger readers may find objectionable, but it's not overly wrought with it. Where it is, it feels right and true to the story and the characters.

Highly recommended, but make sure you bring Kleenex for some of the sadder scenes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By robert sharp on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Okay, so I am completely in love with this book. Where were books like this when I was in high school? Seriously, all I was given to read was a bunch of "classics". This book would have filled a void I had in high school: books that don't suck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharif on November 11, 2012
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Nick's obese father leaves the family; he's going to walk to New York to lose weight and realize his dreams. Another person with father issues is Nick's friend Scoot. Scoot is dying of progeria, becoming frailer by the day. Scoot has a first edition of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and his dying wish is that it's returned to his father, who abandoned him years ago. Nick and his classmate Jaycee go on a road trip to find Scoot's dad. And they're not starting off with strong leads.

If you're looking for a great book with a male main character, look no further. THE PULL OF GRAVITY is amazing. It's believable, sad, funny, and beautiful. Polisner's style is delightful. The characters enraptured me and for several hours I was caught up in their world, hoping their issues of family problems and grief would be resolved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin Brubach on October 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It was really easy for a boy my age to connect to it and the characters. I have already read it twice and i got it last week. I was hoping that there would be a sequel because i am interested to see how the relationship between the two main characters turns out. I really liked this book and i am recommending it to be put into my school library. I am 16 by the way. This book was great and i hope to see more from this Author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jensen (STACKED Books blog) on May 29, 2011
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Nick's family is in a tough position right now, as his father has decided he needs to go for a walk. This walk is a life walk of sorts, one where he hopes he'll be able to not only find himself, but that he'll have the added benefit of losing weight. About the time he up and leaves, Nick's neighbor and best friend Scooter, who has suffered from a life altering disease for years, becomes sicker and sicker. Nick can't fathom the idea of losing both his father and his best friend.

When Nick meets Jaycee, a strange girl who, too, has ties to Scooter (something Nick never knew), he learns that his best friend not only kept a secret about his friendship with this girl, but he discovers there's another secret -- a dying wish Scooter only shared with Jaycee -- that involves Nick. He and Jaycee are to deliver a valuable first edition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men to Scooter's father, a man who walked out of Scooter's life a long time ago and from whom no one had heard from in many years. Jaycee has a plan, and Nick, knowing he wants to make the wishes of his best friend come true, follows along on a road trip that will take them to unexpected places.

Polisner's book is a steady-paced story that pulls much of its inspiration direct from the source: Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men. This is a huge strength to the book, as it's something that readers who are familiar with the work will appreciate on many levels, but it's not so overwhelming as to turn off readers who aren't familiar with the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cyri on January 29, 2012
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I am a seventh grader. My mom gave me this book to read and I fell in love instantly. It's such a captivating book. I shared it with my friend and she loved it too. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure with a little Yoda wisdom on the side. I would read this book if I were you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennahp on January 26, 2012
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Everything I learned about Progeria I learned from Sally Jesse Raphael. She would have the same few kids on every year and although the idea that this condition existed scared me to death, I was drawn to their stories and tuned in every single time. Ffwd a ton of years and the thought of progeria was among the many thoughts I had to work to block out while pregnant with my son. Ffwd some more years and along comes this book, The Pull of Gravity and one of the characters has progeria...um...no thanks! I was honestly scared to read it. But read it, I did and I AM IN LOVE.

For me, Gae combined the then and the now and crafted a story of friendship and connection that hit me in the heart. TPogG arrived at my doorstep at 5:20 last night and by 10:15ish (and in and around dinner, bath time, bedtime routine, tweeting, and the other usual weeknight eventualities) I was done and I was touched.

Always in motion the future is. I know, Yoda said it, a long time ago, but not til this book did the depth of its many meanings sink in.

Great read.
Beautiful characters.
A journey we all can relate with.
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