12 03 2018

the push cover

When Marcus moved next door to John, they knew instantly they’d be friends. Now John and Marcus do almost everything together. They go on lots of adventures, with Marcus pushing John’s wheelchair and John fueling their escapades with jokes. Through their friendship, the boys discover that their unique gifts make them stronger together.

Based on the friendship of real-life best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, The Push teaches kids that people of all abilities have important roles to play and that we’re all better together than we are on our own.

This is a very enjoyable book about friendship.  We have a tendency to look at the outside…what that person looks like.  But these two boys saw something on the inside of each.  One in a wheelchair; one not.  But their strengths and weaknesses complimented each other.  The best part of this book was how the one boy helped his wheelchair-bound friend go places he normally would not have been able to.  Also, with this being based on the lives of the writer and the illustrator made this book that much better.

Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray has always had a love for writing.  Patrick spent time as a biologist, a construction worker, a high school teacher, a nurse, and a hospital service line director.  He now works with his best friend, Illustrator Justin Skeesuck at Push, Inc., where they help people overcome limitations in their lives.  Patrick lives in Idaho with his wife, Donna, and their three children.

Justin Skeesuck

John Skeesuck has enjoyed a successful career as a graphic designer for many years.  When a progressive neuromuscular disease robbed him of the use of his hands, he had to change course with his career.  Justin lives in Idaho with his wife, Kirstin, and their three children.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.