I have a special attachment to Gae Polisner’s debut The Pull of Gravity because it’s the first book I read and reviewed on my blog per request. I was so excited when Gae emailed me to see if I’d review her novel! Since then we’ve formed a close relationship via email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I wrote the teacher’s guide for The Pull of Gravity, I teach it with Of Mice and Men, and love promoting it whenever I get the chance. It’s such a wonderful book 🙂
The original cover is fantastic and received a positive response from my students. As happy as I am about the hardcover, I’m thrilled about the paperback! It’s gender neutral, fun, and really fits the atmosphere and tone of the book. The hardcover feels a little more serious to me, while the paperback celebrates the lighter and more hopeful elements of the story. The shade of blue is perfect, the rea-life models against the artwork pops, and I love the addition of the important symbols like the water tower and the open novel. The cover lets readers know that Nick and Jaycee are going on a journey which the hardcover fails to do. The think the animated-like artwork opens The Pull of Gravity to a younger audience as well. It’s very reader-friendly. What do you think?
The paperback releases February 5th, 2013. I hope you get yourself a copy! 😀
Here’s the front cover:
Here’s the front and back cover:
Summary (From Goodreads): 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.