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One Plus One Equals Blue

MJ Auch

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Twelve year-old Basil knows he’s special—he’s been associating numbers with colors since he was a kid. His gift (or curse) has turned him into somewhat of a loner, but his world begins to change when he meets Tenzie, the new girl in school who has similar freakisms. She, too, has synesthesia (a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another). At first, Basil is somewhat annoyed with Tenzie’s pushiness, but after Basil’s estranged mother returns, his life is turned upside down . . . and Tenzie may be the only person to help him put it back together again.

Once again, MJ Auch has written a thoughtful coming-of-age novel that explores friendship, family, and fitting in, in One Plus One Equals Blue.


Twelve year-old Basil knows he’s special—he’s been associating numbers with colors since he was a kid. His gift (or curse) has turned him into somewhat of a loner, but his world begins to change when he meets Tenzie, the new girl in school who has similar freakisms. She, too, has synesthesia (a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another). At first, Basil is somewhat annoyed with Tenzie’s pushiness, but after Basil’s estranged mother returns, his life is turned upside down . . . and Tenzie may be the only person to help him put it back together again.

Once again, MJ Auch has written a thoughtful coming-of-age novel that explores friendship, family, and fitting in, in One Plus One Equals Blue.

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CHAPTER
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I’m the biggest loser in the seventh-grade class at Calvin Marshall Middle School. So far, nobody has challenged my position. My class was supposed to be the stars in the lower school this year. Then a notice came around in August that said they were changing everything around because of overcrowding. The lower school would be kindergarten through sixth, and seventh grade would move up to the new middle school with grades eight and nine. My grandmother homeschooled me my whole life until this year, so grade levels didn’t mean much to me. Besides, for
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Praise for One Plus One Equals Blue

"It’s an account of a kid who learns that it’s okay to disturb the universe a little but also to appreciate what he has." -- BCCB

"Carly is a rich character: charismatic, full of good intent, and quick to excite." -- Booklist

 

"Basil and Tenzie both have synesthesia, either a gift or a curse that can make a person into one of life’s rejects. . . An engaging coming-of-age story." -- Kirkus Reviews

 

Praise for ONE-HANDED CATCH:
“Quality writing and a protagonist who will inspire readers.” —VOYA

 

Praise for WING NUT:
“A good book for reluctant boy readers.” —Booklist

 

Praise for GUITAR BOY:
“This effort quickly hits its stride, mostly due to well-drawn, believable characters and the strength of Travis’s nearly indomitable spirit.” —Kirkus Reviews

"It’s an account of a kid who learns that it’s okay to disturb the universe a little but also to appreciate what he has." -- BCCB

"Carly is a rich character: charismatic, full of good intent, and quick to excite." -- Booklist

 

"Basil and Tenzie both have synesthesia, either a gift or a curse that can make a person into one of life’s rejects. . . An engaging coming-of-age story." -- Kirkus Reviews

 

Praise for ONE-HANDED CATCH:
“Quality writing and a protagonist who will inspire readers.” —VOYA

 

Praise for WING NUT:
“A good book for reluctant boy readers.” —Booklist

 

Praise for GUITAR BOY:
“This effort quickly hits its stride, mostly due to well-drawn, believable characters and the strength of Travis’s nearly indomitable spirit.” —Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • MJ Auch

  • MJ Auch is the award-winning author of One-Handed Catch, Ashes of Roses, Wing Nut, Guitar Boy, and numerous other books for young readers. She lives in upstate New York with her family.

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One Plus One Equals Blue

MJ Auch

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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