Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle

( 16 )

Overview

This is a story of how miracles DO happen.
How courage and a never-give-up spirit can emerge victorious.
How an engaging little monkey helped change a family’s life.
Ellen Rogers considered herself something of a tragedy snob. The single mother of five believed she could weather any storm, that she could keep her family from harm with fortitude and grace. But nothing could ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (41) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $1.99   
  • Used (37) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 3 of 4
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(4506)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
1401323413 SHIPS WITHIN 24 HOURS!! (SAME BUSINESS DAY) GREAT BOOK!!

Ships from: BAY SHORE, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$2.87
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(15)

Condition: New
2010-11-02 Hardcover New Brand New Hardcover! Pristine unmarked pages, no remainder marks, a great buy straight from book warehouse unread, sealed in plastic, exact artwork as ... listed, Read more Show Less

Ships from: Ossining, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$8.94
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(59)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 1401323413. New, Unused, Hard-cover Book. Dust jacket has minor wear due to handling. Cover may have minor damage (typically cut, tear, bend, etc. ) May have ... remainder mark. Does NOT affect content! Items ship within 24 hours with FREE tracking. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Foley, AL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 3 of 4
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

This is a story of how miracles DO happen.
How courage and a never-give-up spirit can emerge victorious.
How an engaging little monkey helped change a family’s life.
Ellen Rogers considered herself something of a tragedy snob. The single mother of five believed she could weather any storm, that she could keep her family from harm with fortitude and grace. But nothing could have prepared her for the June 2005 car accident that left her son, Ned—then 22 years old—fighting for his life.
Ellen refused to give in to despair. We’ll get through this, she told herself. We have to. But love and determination can only go so far, and the road home was fraught with obstacles. Ellen and Ned took comfort in family and friends. And they prayed for a miracle. Miracles happen to those who believe, the saying goes, but who would have believed that one family’s “miracle” would weigh in at five pounds sopping wet? Then Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled provided Ned with an affectionate and intelligent service animal with a steadfast devotion to hierarchy, a longing for “spa days,” and a craving for Gummi Bears. In other words, a diva.
Life with Kasey was yet another challenge for this large and lively family, but they persevered as families do, and in time this wise and sensitive animal did more than help Ned cope with his disabilities—she turned the simple tasks of life into a life worth living. Kasey’s astonishing intelligence and compassion brought hope and laughter back to a family facing its greatest challenge, and helped them see the world in a new way.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

As soon as they leave the jungle, chimps and monkeys assume a frivolous air. There is no denying, for instance, that the capuchin monkey hero of this book, is a puckish clown, but Kasey to the Rescue also reveals a more human, even more miraculous side to his personality. After a car crash left young Ned Rogers a brain-injured quadriplegic, his family enlisted the aid of When Helping Hands: Monkeys Helpers for the Disabled. Kasey arrived at the Rogers home, full of mischief, yet using his interactive skills to help Ned's arduous recovery and lift the family's flagging spirits. Ned's mom Ellen Rogers has written a spirit-lifting memoir about a heart-breaking injury and the agile monkey "therapist" who came to rescue.

Publishers Weekly
When her 22-year-old son Ned was seriously injured in a 2005 car accident, Rogers's well-organized life changed forever. Ned suffered spinal cord injury, major brain trauma, and organ damage, and doctors didn't expect him to live. Rogers refuses to give up, her stubborn resolve eventually turning into hope upon learning of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. Ned is put on the waiting list for a year, and regains his ability to speak and eat solid food, though severe nerve pain hampers his recovery. Finally he meets Kasey, a capuchin monkey. Rogers's younger daughters see Kasey as a pet, and Rogers envisions "an elaborate Golden Monkey Myth" in which Kasey answers all their prayers. When Kasey moves in for "Monkey Boot Camp," he proves a lively newcomer, upsetting the delicate hierarchy of the home, and Rogers learns more about the proper care, feeding, and bathing of monkeys than she ever imagined. Ned builds a bond with Kasey, the monkey slowly helping him to regain confidence and some physical abilities. Although Rogers's pace slows in spots and she doesn't always avoid cliché, her story is engaging and poignant.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Reviews

Debut author Rogers delivers an impressive memoir about coping with her son's paralysis following a devastating car accident—with the help of an extraordinary monkey.

The author's life was anything but peaceful even before her 22-year-old son Ned's accident. She was a single mother of five with kids aged between 12 and 25 and her own marketing consulting firm. Rogers always considered herself "something of a tragedy snob"—she lost her father, husband and stepdaughter all well before their time. Her family, "a miracle of modern love and high-flying trapeze act of daily logistics," endured much suffering but remained upbeat and faithful. These qualities come through in the author's engaging writing, which resists melodrama in favor of disarming sincerity and humor. Ned's spinal-cord injury brought challenges previously unimaginable. His survival was a miracle and his recovery even more so, shocking the doctors and causing Ned's loyal supporters to cheer at every impossible juncture. His demanding, frustrating journey included blinking to communicate, operating a wheelchair by sipping and puffing into a straw and being turned constantly to avoid infection by bed sores. As Ned regained his ability to breathe, speak and move his hands, his family learned of an organization called Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. Helping Hands places capuchin monkeys with paralyzed individuals to help them with everyday tasks and to provide companionship. Ned and his family were thrilled at the idea but had to wait the requisite year to prove that Ned was sufficiently acclimated to home life to incorporate an animal into his routine. Upon her arrival, Kasey the helper monkey took the house by storm with her cuteness, charm, intellect and diva nature. The practical help and emotional lift she brought to Ned was lifesaving. With her as a sidekick, he was able to pursue his dream of motivational speaking. Rogers does not gloss over the incredible amount of patience and work required to care for and train a capuchin, and the memoir is stronger for it.

Inspiring and enjoyable.

From the Publisher
"A book to change your life." —-David Dosa, author of Making Rounds with Oscar
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401323417
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

A former marketing executive, Ellen Rogers is a mother of five who lives with her family, their two dogs, and one little monkey in Concord, Massachusetts. This is her first book.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 16 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 2, 2010

    A story of love ... pure and simple.

    I am Ned Sullivan's Aunt Lynn (as well as his God Mother).

    Ned is my inspiration in so many ways. This book tells the story of the challenges a family faces in crisis. The way the universe layed out the events leading up to Kasey (the capuchin helper monkey) coming to live with their family is mind boggling. The joy she has brought to them is fascinating even when the challenge of her care seemed monumental and unmanagable at times.

    My sister Ellen's courage and determination (as well as sense of humor) is remarkable. My nephew's positive attitude and consistant decision to wake up each day with a smile ... his drive to accomplish more in his PT today than yesterday ... to allow himself to nuture and be nurtured by his companion Kasey and to hang on to his belief that he will walk again ... inspires me.

    I loved this book. It keeps me focused on what is important in life.
    This book is a real life story of love. Pure and simple.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 31, 2010

    Great Read!

    In June of 2005, Ellen Rogers' son Ned was severely injured in a car accident. Rogers' memoir, Kasey to the Rescue, tells the tale of how one little monkey became a part of a family during a dark time and helped to change the lives of everyone in their house. It was by chance that Helping Hands traveled to the school of one of Rogers' daughters for a presentation on what they do and how they help those who have suffered from spinal cord injuries or are mobility impaired. In December of 2006, Kasey, a Capuchin monkey, came to live with the Rogers as Ned's helper monkey.

    At times heartbreaking and harrowing, Rogers' memoir is poignant and inspiring. While detailing the family's changes in light of Ned's injury, Rogers interweaves Kasey's tale along with their own. The way that she details their life changes along with Kasey's and then details where they intersect is a great way to format the story. I particularly like that Rogers doesn't attempt to downplay the complexity of the relationship they must develop with Kasey. She doesn't attempt to convince readers that life is perfect and there were no bumps in the road to both coming to terms with Ned's injury and Kasey's arrival in their lives. She details tragedies and triumphs and failures and successes. And she does it with a sense of humor. She talks about her exhaustion in both Ned and Kasey's care, but she also says what any mother knows. When it is your child, you just do it.

    I also like that Rogers continues to keep in the forefront that while Kasey seems fun and cute, she is a service animal. Kasey's purpose is to help Ned to be more independent; she is NOT a pet. Rogers does this by detailing the work required to maintain Kasey's health through diet and hygiene. The stories are both funny and serve to reinforce the fact that Kasey's needs are very specific and care for her is not to be taken lightly.

    At the base of the story is how Kasey helped Ned to do what doctors said would never happen. They said it didn't look like he would survive; he did. They said he wouldn't be able to breathe on his own; he does. They said he wouldn't be able to talk on his own; he does. And they said he wouldn't be able to move on his own; and he does.

    I highly recommend Ellen Rogers' memoir. It is a quick read and an amazing one. I read it in one sitting, not wanting to take a break. Rogers writes from the heart about the ups and downs of their new lives (both before Kasey and after).

    My last recommendation is this: have a tissue handy. You will need it to wipe both the tears from sadness and laughter that Rogers brings about.

    This book was provided free of charge as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. No payment was provided in return for this review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    One of the most uplifting books I have ever read. Ellen Rogers

    One of the most uplifting books I have ever read. Ellen Rogers and her
    family certainly figured out how to make a HUGE pitcher of lemonade out
    of the lemons. A must read for anyone facing a challenge in their life.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!!!!!

    What a great and inspirational read of how a remarkable family overcomes an incredible life altering tragedy. Ellen, is the mom we all should have, loving,devoted,and positive. Ned is the kind of person we all should be in the face of adversity. Committed, positive and selfless. Wrapped into it all is an exotic little monkey that draws everyone into her intriguing existence.A book everyone will enjoy and talk about!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 17, 2011

    If you have a family, you'll love this book!

    This book is a page-turner, a kind of mystery, with all sorts of thrills and chills, and of course it's about a horrific accident. But the heart of the book is pure feel-good gold. It's about a family, especially the mother of a large and complicated family, written with such wisdom and humor that I laughed and cried and felt glad that I was part of such a world.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Family tragedy, strength, hope, and joy

    Compelling, devastating, hopeful, joyful. Many words to describe this amazing and tender book. Ellen Rogers shares her experience of what must surely be every parents worst nightmare; a life altering spinal cord injury happening to her beloved son. From the heart stopping phone call that Ellen receives in the opening of the book and the ensuing frantic flight to be by his bedside in a hospital on the other side of the country, to the arrival of a new, charming family member, Kasey - a cappuchin monkey, the author brings the reader on journey filled with struggles and triumphs, despair and hope. I couldn't put this book down! You will be transported by this story, don't hesistate to read it!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Phenomenal and Inspiring Story

    This book hooked me right from the very first paragraph. Ellen Rogers should be know as a Supermom. Her tale is so inspiring and Ned is a very strong individual for not giving up hope in himself. The story being told mostly in narrative form is not only inspiring, but is told with driven force. I was on an emotional roller coaster through out the whole book.
    If this book is not yet on the best sellers list, it soon will be. It is a very amazing story and I highly recomend this book to all.
    You never know what may happen in your life. It only takes just a split second to change your world from the way you once knew it.

    Linda Nelson( Author of Friends of Choice)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 18, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Made Me Very Thankful For My Little Problems

    This book is really about a super mom (Ellen) persevering in raising her family and taking care of her son Ned, who was in a car accident while away at college and suffered a spinal chord injury which rendered him a quadriplegic. I liked that the mother told her story and shared her feelings, going into detail about how much work the monkey was to take care of. It is an inspirational book because Ned made so much progress and even was able to continue with his career plan eventually, thanks in part to Kasey, his monkey. This book definitely gives insight into what a paraplegic's life is like and makes my problems seem so small in comparison. I really liked learning more about the Helping Hands organization that trains monkeys to be service animals. This is a good read!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 23, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Laughter tears and a monkey what more could you ask for?

    Nothing in her life had prepared Ellen Rodgers for the call she received telling her son had been In a car accident. Not knowing what to expect she boarded an airplane, leaving her other children waiting for the call to tell them everything would be ok. She never got to make that call. Ned was a quadriplegic with a sever brain injury. Kasey to the Rescue by Ellen Rodgers is a heart warming story of a mothers strength to adjust and handle more than she ever should have, her sons amazing growth, and a monkey named Kasey who taught them both that they could not only survive but "live" again. The story is beautifully written with love and laughter mixed into a story that should break your heart but instead makes it sing with hope. That Ellen Rodgers was able to not only live through one of a parents worst nightmares , the serious injury of one of their children, but was also able to write about it in a style that shows the hope alive in all of us is a remarkable achievement. This book has it all, tears, laughter, and a monkey! I would recommend this book to all. This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers and for all who are looking for a good read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 15, 2010

    Amazing Story of an Amazing Family!!

    Kasey to the Rescue is full of inspiring moments that will bring you to tears. I could not put it book down after starting-- and crying throughout the first few chapters.

    This book definitely helps you look at life in a different light and remember to love & enjoy the moments you have with family and friends.

    I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a uplifting and inspiring read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2010

    A great book

    When we hear about devastating injuries, we all feel bad for the victim, but we don't think about the family of the victim and how life will forever change for all of them. This is the story of one such tragedy. But more importantly, it is a story of how a family deals with and indeed almost triumphs, until this unimaginable event turns into something normal for them. It is also the story of how the lives of these family members are touched in unexpected ways by friends and strangers, not to mention a monkey. It's heart-rending, it's touching, it's very interesting. it's fun, and it is certainly a great read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)