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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship
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Candlewick Press 2018
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A 2019 Schneider Family Book Award WinnerBased on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.

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Street Date:
04/03/2018
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781536205343
ASIN:
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Lexile code:
AD: Adult Directed
Lexile measure:
550
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Jessica Kensky. (2018). Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship. Candlewick Press.

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Jessica Kensky. 2018. Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship. Candlewick Press.

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Jessica Kensky, Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship. Candlewick Press, 2018.

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Jessica Kensky. Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship. Candlewick Press, 2018. Web.

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A 2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.

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        February 26, 2018
        These married authors, who each lost legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and have a service dog named Rescue, affectingly weave fact and fiction in their debut book. Jessica, a fictional child, is a hospital patient recovering from an unspecified injury; “both of her legs were badly hurt,” and her left leg was amputated. While she learns to walk with a prosthetic leg (though she’s “frustrated and sad about the things she still couldn’t do”), a frisky black Lab is being trained as a service dog nearby. Jessica’s spirits improve measurably once she adopts Rescue, and, after her right leg is removed in a second surgery, the intuitive, intelligent dog helps Jessica adjust to her new life, emotionally and physically. Kensky and Downes streamline their character’s medical ordeal and her process of learning to walk again, highlighting the moments of quiet victory as well as those of despair. Magoon’s (I Have a Balloon) realistic digital illustrations poignantly capture these experiences, offering images of the girl and dog that emphasize the fact that theirs is a mutual rescue. The artist, who like the authors is a Boston resident, provides affectionate, sunlit glimpses of that city—including one featuring a mother duck swimming with her ducklings. Ages 5–9. Authors’ agent: Clelia Gore, Martin Literary Management.

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        January 1, 2018

        POPK-Gr 3-The author's true story of her friendship with her service dog. Rescue, a young pup is training to become a service dog, learning to fetch things, to open doors, and even to turn on lights. Jessica is recovering from an injury to both of her legs and is getting acclimated to using prosthetics and walking again. Each is worried about their skills and their futures, but when they are eventually paired, it is an instant connection and realization that they can do so much together. The power of their relationship is made quite clear throughout the book. Kensky, and her coauthor and husband Downes, were both injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and have chosen to leave that particular detail out of the primary narrative. Instead, they focus on the work that Rescue does to aid Jessica every day and the intensity of their relationship. Magoon's digital illustrations are a lovely accompaniment to the text, providing rich detail to the spare story, and the scenes of Jessica and Rescue playing and working with the Boston skyline as a backdrop only add to the poignancy. VERDICT This is a strong selection for any collection, and stories about working dogs never get old; this will be appreciated and enjoyed by a wide variety of young people.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

        Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        February 1, 2018
        A service dog helps a white girl adjust to the loss of her legs in a story based on true events.After failing training to be a guide dog, Rescue, a black Lab, worries about learning to be a service dog. And after her left leg is amputated, Jessica worries about learning to walk again. When Rescue becomes her service dog, they overcome their fears together. Kensky (on whom the character Jessica is based) and Downes, both amputees themselves, state in simple sentences how Rescue and Jessica adapt to physical and emotional changes. Rescue learns new tasks, such as retrieval. Jessica learns new ways to stand and walk--first on one prosthetic leg, then, after her injured right leg is also amputated, on two. Soft digital illustrations depict their respective challenges. (Readers will note that one illustration seems incongruous--the picture accompanying the text "Rescue brought her the things she needed" shows Rescue pressing a crosswalk signal button.) The authors don't dwell on Jessica's frustration; Rescue's buoyant effect on her well-being makes pity impossible. Magoon uses dark backgrounds to symbolize Jessica's sadness and fear, but scenes with Rescue are open and bright; with Rescue nearby, even the night after her second amputation is lightened (via lamplight and stars). An authors' note reveals that both are survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and includes information on National Education for Assistance Dog Services, the organization that trained Rescue.A gentle introduction to service dogs and acquired disability. (Picture book. 4-6)

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from February 15, 2018
        Grades 1-4 *Starred Review* This riveting story about the relationship between a disabled girl and her black lab service dog is based loosely on Kensky's own experiences as a double amputee. The author's note mentions how she and husband Downes were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, but readers don't need to know this to be caught up in the story. The book follows two struggles: that of Rescue, a lab in training as a service dog, and of Jessica, a girl hospitalized by an injury, who must learn to cope with prosthetics, a wheelchair, and a whole new world of challenges. Both are worried about their futures in the worldRescue about performing his service duties, and Jessica over relearning everyday activities. The digital illustrations wonderfully underscore Jessica's journey from darkness (the overview of her hospital bed shows her family surrounded by blackness, for example) to lightthe pages are filled with gold, green, and movement once Jessica and Rescue start working together. Throughout, the reader is treated to fascinating details on the many tasks service dogs can accomplish and, more important, how Jessica and Rescue saved each other. An inspiring tale of compassion and perseverance.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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      • content: belle252 - Rescue & Jessica is an amazing book that shows us how strong friendship can be. Jessica is a kid who gets lots of surgeries because her foot is not normal. She really feels like she needs a companion who could offer her support when times are tough. She chose a dog named Rescue, and they bonded together. The truth is that they both helped each other - Jessica helped by getting Rescue away from the training and Rescue helped her by offering support. It is true that a friendship could change one's life.
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A 2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.

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