Welcome to Daniel Boone Middle School in the 1970s, where teachers and coaches must hide who they are, and girls who like girls are forced to question their own choices. Presented in the voice of a premier storyteller, One True Way sheds exquisite light on what it means to be different, while at the same time being wholly true to oneself. Through the lives and influences of two girls, readers come to see that love is love is love. Set against the backdrop of history and politics that surrounded gay rights in the 1970s South, this novel is a thoughtful, eye-opening look at tolerance, acceptance, and change, and will widen the hearts of all readers.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Shannon Hitchcock is the author of the critically acclaimed Ruby Lee & Me and The Ballad of Jesse Pearl, both hailed for their immediacy and cadenced voice. Shannon's picture book biography Overgrown Jack was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. Her writing has been published in Cricket, Highlights for Children, and Children's Writer magazines. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
Read an Excerpt
"Sam, have you ever kissed a boy?"
"A couple times during Spin the Bottle.
"Did you like it?"
"Not really. I'd rather play basketball with boys than kiss them. Hey, I got a question. Are we still having lunch tomorrow?"
"Why wouldn't we be?"
"I thought maybe you'd want to eat with Webb."
Why did one date have to be such a big deal? "I'd rather have lunch with you." My voice sounded froggy.
"Ribbit, ribbit," Sam said. "Relax, Allie. I was just making sure."
After she hung up, I sat cradling the phone for a long time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After reading One True Way, a middle grade novel, in one evening, I gave the story a great deal of thought. Hitchcock’s gift is a reminder to search one’s soul and consider potential consequences before judging adolescent girls who discover that they like each other. The story opens with young Allie in a new school where she knows no one, until Sam, a star on the girl’s basketball team, befriends her. We quickly learn that Allie is struggling to deal with the death of older brother during a car crash. On top of that, Allie’s parents are headed toward a divorce due to their inability to deal with the loss of their son. We all know being an adolescent is challenging enough by itself. Ally must cope with being at new school, family issues, and the discovery she is attracted to Sam, all at the same time. At first, the mothers of both girls show disapproval over the friendship. One condemns her daughter based on religious beliefs and the other slowly realizes she simply wants her daughter to be happy. I strongly believe this is a resource that belongs every school and community library. One True Way can point the way to love and acceptance.