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One in a Hundred Thousand

Written by Linni Ingemundsen

Key Stage 4 Gritty Reads School Stories

LoveReading View on One in a Hundred Thousand

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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One in a Hundred Thousand Synopsis

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.

One in a Hundred Thousand Reader Reviews

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

Eliza Kinder (Age 13)

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

Lukas Stewart (Age 12)

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

Alex Nicholson (Age 14)

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

Chloe Pickering (Age 17 )

We really liked this book as it kept us on the edge on our seat and we always wanted to read on. Full review

The Book Brothers (Age 13 & 15)

One in a Hundred Thousand Press Reviews

Perfectly captures how it feels to be an outsider. I loved it - Tamsin Winter

Exceptional   The Times on Linni Ingemundsen

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474940641
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Linni Ingemundsen
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: Body / Health, Disability / Special Needs, Gritty Reads, School Stories

About Linni Ingemundsen

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.

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