One by Sarah CrossanGrace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.
But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.
How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?
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One chronicles the story of Grace and Tippi, conjoined twins who, aged 16, have to go to school for the first time and negotiate a world of prejudice, friendship, first love and gossip. Told in verse and in the first person, this elegant, sensitive story will stimulate reflections and conversations about discrimination, diversity, difficult choices and the bonds of love. An engaging read-aloud for junior classes and a valuable book for readers about the futility of war and the importance of respecting different perspectives. This is an important novel for twenty-first century Irish Young Adult literature and for youth culture in Ireland. This absorbing book will immerse even the most reluctant reader and will spark curiosity, pleasure and pride about local environments, history, culture and the richness of modern and ancient Ireland. The books being celebrated today highlight the excellence that children both at home and abroad can expect from books created by Irish authors and illustrators.
They live with their parents, their grandmother aka Gammie, and their younger sister Nicola nicknamed Dragon. Their father is unemployed and has turned into an alcoholic.
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The main characters in Crossan's affecting story are joined at the hip and are under constant medical and psychological care. Now is a golden time for minorities in children's fiction, with Sarah Crossan's One currently exploring the relatively unchartered fictional waters surrounding the topic of conjoined twins. Her main characters, year old Grace and Tippi, talk, joke and feel very much like other US teenagers. Yet they still attract ignorant or unkind comments, finding a note stuck to their school locker reading, "Why don't you go back to the zoo? Grace and Tippi have two heads, four arms but are joined at the hip. Home-schooled and under constant medical and psychological care, this support is threatened when their mother loses her job and already unemployed Dad can't stay off the booze.
Each book is different. Each book sets its own challenges, its own limitations on what is and is not possible in terms of a particular narrative. The writing of one book never makes the next book easier. But if I had to be completely honest, I would admit that my latest novel, One, has been my most challenging project so far. It is a book I wrestled with for almost two years — both the writing of it and the researching. Tippi and Grace, the main characters of my novel, happen to be conjoined twins, yet they are also simply teenagers struggling with many of the issues that ordinary young people face — difficulties in friendships, bullying, and love.
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Grace and Tippi are twins — conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world — a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school?