Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

authors: Jessica Kensky; Patrick Downes
illustrator: Scott Magoon

Rescue thought hed grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog its the family business, after all. When he gets the news that hes better suited to being a service dog, hes worried that hes 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.

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.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$17.99 / $22.99
1536205346 /  9781536205343
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Picture Book Fiction / EBook
age range:
5 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / N/A
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 4
Animals; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes are a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jessicas service dog, Rescue, joined their family in 2014. Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
illustrator’s comments:
Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.
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