Young Adult Fiction
THE MEMORY OF THINGS
LOST IN TRAGEDY, THEY FOUND EACH OTHER.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home?
The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and
unforgettable pain―it tells a story of hope.
Press and Rave Reviews for THE MEMORY OF THINGS:
A “Mesmerizing Teenage Tale. . . ” from The New York Daily News.
A Wave of 9/11 Novels Seeks. . . from The New York Times.
To Remember 9/11, Read a Book from The Huffington Post.
4 Powerful Novels to help young readers. . . from The Christian Science Monitor.
“A love letter to the New Yorkers who rallied together, this is also an exploration of the intense bonds that form during a crisis. Detailed and well-researched, it’s sure to make young readers curious about those unforgettable days after the twin towers fell.” – Kirkus Reviews
“…a touching look at the power of selflessness, memory, and hope in the face of tragedy.”- Booklist
“The Memory of Things is highly recommended. It is one of those books I know will never leave me and has left a tiny mark on my heart that I don’t want to ever go away.” – YABooksCentral
“Gae Polisner’s beautiful and poetic The Memory of Things shows us the enduring resilience of human connections. Powerful, frightening, sad, and impossible to look away from, The Memory of Things is ultimately filled with love and hope. This is a truly remarkable, unforgettably moving book.” – Andrew Smith, Printz Honor-winning author of Grasshopper Jungle
“An absolute gem… This one is going to be around for a LONG time.” – Chris Crutcher, Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of Deadline and Whale Talk
“We know what happened on 9/11. What remains a mystery and a wonder is how life goes on in the face of such darkness. The Memory of Things is a story about where people find their light, and how it shines through all the places we’ve been broken. Heartfelt, hopeful, this is a story fed by humanity and the enduring human spirit.” – Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death
“Lyrical, devastating, extraordinary, and full of heart, The Memory of Things reminds us that in our darkest times, there is so much light to be found in the human spirit. It is, of course, a love letter to New York, but more importantly, it is a love letter to human beings, one that masterfully weaves hope through pain, loss, solace, and connection. ” – C. Desir, author of Other Broken Things and Bleed Like Me
“A poetic and hypnotizing portrait of compassion.” – Kate Scelsa, author of Fans of the Impossible Life
THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO
SUMMER HAS BEGUN. THE BEACH BECKONS. BUT FRANCESCA SCHNELL IS GOING NOWHERE.
Four years ago during an outing to the ocean, Francesca’s little brother drowned, and she was the one who should have been watching him. Now almost 16, Francesca’s used to playing second fiddle to her dead brother’s memory, and to her best friend Lisette who’s blossoming into a beauty and leaving Francesca behind.
Stuck at home while Lisette spends her summer days with a boy Francesca wants but can never have, Francesca begins to suspect her father of having an affair. She trails the woman to the local country club where she meets Frankie Sky, a four year old boy with a hole in his heart who bears a striking resemblance to her brother. Hope of an otherworldly connection leads Francesca to places she thought she’d abandoned, as well as to new places she never thought she’d have the heart to go – and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself and move on, whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky.
A stunning follow-up to Gae’s debut novel, The Summer of Letting Go considers the darkest moments of tragedy, and how we learn to recover and rediscover life’s beautiful potential.
Awards and accolades. “. . . Resonates with real feeling.” ―The New York Times Book Review * Nerdy Book Club Award Best Young Adult Fiction 2014 * Teen Ink Editor’s Badge of Approval.
“The Summer of Letting Go is haunting, heart-lifting, and impossible to put down…Francesca Schnell is one of the most authentic young adult characters I’ve read in a long time.”
~A.S. King, author of Reality Boy, Ask the Passengers, & Please Ignore Vera Dietz
“Polisner has a keen understanding of the suffering, maturing teen psyche; Frankie’s fragility and self-doubt are heartbreaking in their realism . . . First-rate realistic fiction with plenty of heart.”
~School Library Journal
“The prose is gentle but evocative, and Frankie Sky’s childlike exuberance and occasional misconceptions add heart and humor . . . [The Summer of Letting Go is] both hopeful and careful—like Francesca herself.”
“The characters of the story are all very well drawn, the dialogue realistic, and the story itself well written, with much for teens to think and talk about.”
“A beautiful story of heartbreak and hope.”
~Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and Starry Nights
THE PULL OF GRAVITY.
STAR WARS AND STEINBECK GUIDE TWO TEENS ON A QUEST TO KEEP A PROMISE TO THEIR DYING FRIEND.
Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, and his best friend, the Scoot, is dying from a freak disease. Enter Jaycee Amato, a quirky girl with Siberian-husky eyes and an odd affinity for Of Mice and Men. She’s made a seemingly-impossible promise to the Scoot, and wants Nick’s help to keep it.
ly with the wisdom of Yoda, the beauty of Steinbeck, and the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off on a secret, whirlwind road-trip to find the father the Scoot has never known. When everything goes awry, will the pull of gravity be enough to keep them together?
The Pull of Gravity is a coming-of-age story about friendship, first love, and the true nature of family.
Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux. Now out in paperback from Square Fish.
Awards and accolades: Bank Street College Best Children’s Fiction 2012 * Nerdy Book Club Award Best YA Fiction 2011 * Pennsylvania School Library Association’s List of Best YA Fiction 2011 * YALSA Readers Choice Nominee, 2011 * 2011 CYBIL’s Award Nominee * National Battle of the Books Pick 2013-14.
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Praise for The Pull of Gravity
“Pulls the heart in all the right places.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Polisner’s first novel begins with a bang and ends with another . . . ” —Booklist
“Characters feel real . . . and the plot zips along, championing strength in adversity.” —School Library Journal
“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, King of the Screwups
“Part love story, part adventure story, funny and serious, The Pull of Gravity is a delightful read.” —Francisco X. Stork, Irises
“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.”—Newbery Medal Winner, Lynne Rae Perkins, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
“The Pull of Gravity is the whole package—realistic, quirky, fun, and weepy—Polisner is an author to watch.”—Mary E. Pearson, The Adoration of Jenna Fox
“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