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Josh Sundquist was an energetic and inquisitive nine-year-old when he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a virulent cancer that eventually claimed his left leg. His extraordinary journey takes him from his small southern town-with his father, an aspiring pastor questioning his faith, and his mother, a rigidly conservative homeschool teacher- through a dizzying array of hospitals, on to high school, and then to the mountains, where Josh learns to ski.

On the slopes, Josh's world bursts wide open and he finds within him the drive to become a champion skier, despite his disability. While he navigates the dramas of high school and an unstable home life, Josh keeps his eyes on the prize-the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, Italy.

Just Don't Fall isn't just the story of a boy becoming a man, but of a champion realizing his greatest aspiration.


extraordinary early praise

"What a voice! I loved this book, every page."
Kelly Corrigan
Author of The New York Times Bestsellers The Middle Place and Lift

"Inspiring. Courageous. Sometimes heartbreaking."
John le Carré
Author of The New York Times Bestsellers The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and A Most Wanted Man

“Just Don't Fall is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read -- not to mention poignant and funny. If I ever find myself wallowing in self-pity, I plan to reach for Josh Sundquist's book.”
A.J. Jacobs
Author of The New York Times Bestsellers The Guinea Pig Diaries, The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All

"I didn't want to put this book down. It was more than the amazing story -- it was the honesty of a voice that spoke, without a whiff of melodrama, about loss and worry and determination. Sundquist has presented us with his tale of remarkable grit, and we see what can (and cannot) be accomplished in the glow of a family's poignant love."
Elizabeth Strout
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
Author of The New York Times Bestseller Olive Kitteridge

"Here is a wrenching and joyous memoir, drafted in the tongue of innocence with a clear eye on suffering, faith, burden and deliverance. Best of all it’s rinsed through with wit and shrewdness even in its darkest passages. Josh Sundquist is on to something -- his journey feels big, and just beginning."
Leif Enger
Author of The New York Times Bestsellers Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome:

"A remarkable account of a young man's triumph over adversity. It shows that disability need not be a barrier to great achievement. This book is brimming with hope and humor, joy and courage, but most of all love."
Author of The New York Times Bestseller Born on a Blue Day

"Josh Sundquist has not only written an inspirational memoir about elegantly and deftly triumphing over adversity, but he has also written a fascinating and hilarious one. His vivid, warm and true voice keeps you close to him and his extraordinary experience from the first page to the last. This is not just a mushy self help tale about surviving the odds, it's a victory of storytelling. There is an incredible energy to this book that catches you by surprise - it is moving and deeply affective."
Isabel Gillies
Author of The New York Times Bestseller Happens Every Day

“I finished this book with a profound sense of awe. Not just because of what Josh Sundquist has gone through as a cancer survivor/amputee, or what he’s made of his life as a Paralympic skier and motivational speaker - but rather because on top of it all, he’s a phenomenally gifted writer. With wit, candor, and oftentimes poignant understatement, he magically captures the thought process of a young boy coming of age under the most remarkable of circumstances. Bravo for this original voice — the memoir shelves shifted for Frank McCourt, and they will shift once again for Josh Sundquist.”
Elizabeth Hyde

Author of In The Heart of the Canyon and The Abortionist's Daughter

"Cancer could take many things from Josh Sundquist but it could not take his great wit, endurance, strength, or faith. His story made me laugh out loud and cry at the most unexpected moments. He is funny, poignant, irreverent, and full of life. His story reminds us that it's not about what you've been dealt in life but what you do with what you've been dealt."
Donna VanLiere
Author of The New York Times bestsellers The Christmas Shoes and Finding Grace

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I once permed my hair with a five day perm kit. It lasted for nine months.

I am allergic to glutten. Celiacs of the world, unite!

When I dance, I sweat a lot and it shortcircuits my cell phone. I've gone through three blackberries in the last year.

I enjoy climbing on roofs. True story.