One True Friend

By James Cross Giblin (Editor); Joyce Hansen
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780395849835, 160pp.)

Publication Date: October 2001

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Amir has finally landed in a good place. His new foster parents, the Smiths, are loving and kind, and he has been reunited with his youngest brother, whom the Smiths have raised since babyhood. Amir knows he should be happy, but he is uncomfortable around the Smiths, and his little brother doesn’t even remember him. If only Amir could find the rest of the siblings he was separated from when his parents died, perhaps he would feel more at ease. Luckily, he has someone he can open his heart to—his friend Doris, who lives in his old Bronx neighborhood. The two of them share all their feelings and concerns in frequent letters. But when Doris writes Amir that a friend has been experimenting with drugs, unpleasant memories rise to the surface of his mind. In this long-awaited companion to The Gift-Giver and Yellow Bird and Me, Amir not only must find a way to come to terms with his family’s past, but he must also determine where his true home is.

About the Author

Joyce Hansen, a former New York City schoolteacher, is a well-known author of both fiction and nonfiction and a four-time Coretta Scott King Honor recipient. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Hansen now lives in West Columbia, South Carolina.

Praise For One True Friend

[A] good-hearted and honest treatment of kids' feelings as they cope with their own separate challenges.
Kirkus Reviews

[T]he focus and strength of the book is in its quiet and gentle story that explores the nature of friendship and family. The story is well crafted, and the characters are skillfully and sympathetically drawn.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

This is a warm and gently treatment of a kid's struggle to find a family.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Hansen has written a touching story of a young boy's struggle with a painful past and a scary future. . . . Both sad and hopeful, this story dramatizes the struggle for survival, the primal pull of family, and the gift of "one true friend." Booklist, ALA

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