The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
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.
This book holds a special place in our hearts here at Reading for Life. The author, Gae Polisner, took the time out of her busy schedule to connect with the group that read her book. She spent an hour skyping with the group, answering their questions and encouraging their dreams. The book and its author connected well with our group, and we are profoundly grateful to Gae for taking the time to invest in the lives on these participants.