One Plus One Equals Blue
By Mary Jane Auch
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805094053, 268pp.)
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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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.
"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
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