One Plus One Equals Blue (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
M.J. Auch is the award-winning author of Guitar Boy, One-Handed Catch, Ashes of Roses and numerous other books for young readers. Books were a part of M.J.’s life from an early age; her mother was a second grade teacher who always made sure there were plenty of books in the house. M.J. now lives on a small farm in upstate NY with her husband and co-illustrator, Herm, and their two dogs, Sophie and Zeke.
“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
“Quality writing and a protagonist who will inspire readers.” —VOYA on One-Handed Catch
“A good book for reluctant boy readers.” —Booklist on Wing Nut
“This effort quickly hits its stride, mostly due to well-drawn, believable characters and the strength of Travis's nearly indomitable spirit.” —Kirkus Reviews on Guitar Boy