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A moving coming-of-age classic, about fitting in, standing out and the power of friendship
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2021
Fitting in is hard for most teenagers because it is a time when being the same and therefore accepted seems the most important thing. And Sander has a particular problem because he has Silver-Russell syndrome, a condition which affects one in a hundred thousand, which means he will always be shorter than everyone else. Sander has to work through all the familiar feelings of being an outsider while also dealing with feelings that relate especially to knowing that he will always be so short. But gradually Sander discovers that much about confirming is unimportant and that what matters most to him, friendship in particular, is not affected by his size. Beautifully observed, this captures so much about adolescence from many angles and, in doing so, celebrates the importance of accepting difference.
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One in a Hundred Thousand by Linni Ingemundsen
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Fifteen year old Sander wishes he was like everyone else. But he has Silver-Russell syndrome, a condition that affects one in a hundred thousand. It means he is smaller than all the other kids in school, a place where the biggest and the loudest get all the attention. Like Niklas. Everyone thinks Niklas is cool and good-looking - except Sander. He doesn't like the way Niklas brags, behaves like a jerk and lies. Niklas is one of life's tall people and next to him, Sander always ends up feeling small. But Sander is different in more ways than one. He notices things other people miss, and he's noticed something about Niklas...
From the critically acclaimed author of The Unpredictability of Being Human comes a heart-warming and moving story, all about fitting in, standing out and the power of friendship. The perfect quirky YA read for fans of Looking for Alaska and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
I really loved "One in a Hundred Thousand". I liked that it told the story of normal life, but in a way that was incredibly gripping and unpredictable. Full review
I love this book - it is interesting from the start and keeps you wanting to read more. I finished it in just 2 days! Full review
One in a Hundred Thousand is a pleasure to read. With very relatable characters, we follow Sander’s story and learn that friends can be found in the unlikeliest of places and to never take people at face value. Highly recommended for age 13+ Full review
This book was both exciting and thoughtful. It follows a young boy living with a rare disease as he struggles to stay true to himself and fit in. Full review
Perfectly captures how it feels to be an outsider. I loved it - Tamsin Winter
Exceptional The Times on Linni Ingemundsen
|Publication date:||4th March 2021|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Body / Health, Disability / Special Needs, Gritty Reads, School Stories|
Linni Ingemundsen is from Norway and currently works in Malta. She does not know how to draw but is somehow also a freelance cartoonist. Linni has lived in three different countries and will never be done exploring the world. Still, what truly inspires her writing is her background growing up in a village on the southwestern coast of Norway. Linni began writing her debut novel while on the Oxford Brookes MA in Creative Writing.More About Linni Ingemundsen