Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763696047
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 57,492
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 17.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes are a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jessica’s service dog, Rescue, joined their family in 2014. Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KathleenontheCape More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that I preordered this book for my grandchildren. It has some sadness involved, but a very happy ending. The book has a special message that involves people with disabilities and their service dogs; it is told within the framework of a beautiful love story ❤️. The illustrations are very well done. My favorite page is the one of Jessica & Rescue lying together in the hospital bed; he is comforting her in a way only her service dog could - no words, just LOVE! This is a wonderful addition to any child's book collection.