One

by Sarah Crossan

This collection was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry award in 2016.

A powerful and moving verse novel narrated from the viewpoint of one of a pair of conjoined twins. Grace and Tippi are in their mid-teens and about to attend school for the first time, having previously been home schooled. This significant change in their lives is not the only one that is documented by Grace over the months from August to March in verses that are contextualised within a page-turning narrative but also work as standalone poems. Grace’s individual voice comes across very strongly. Readers have insight into her own very particular view of the world, distinct from the wry personality of her sister, and her sensitivity towards others and how the twins’ situation impacts on them, their younger sister Dragon, their parents, grandmother and two important friends they make at school. Grace’s positivity is consistent, she says: ‘I’m not sure/what I’m supposed to do with life/other than embrace it’ as is her love for her sister.

The text ‘One’ by Sarah is a KS3 recommended text and if you are in a primary school we do not recommend that you use this with Primary age children.  However, teachers may want to read this for their own enjoyment.

To read poems from this collection, click here.

 

Teaching Sequences
Videos

Sarah Crossan - All Night

Sarah Crossan - All Night

Sarah Crossan - Eyes

Sarah Crossan - Eyes

Sarah Crossan - Hornbeacon High

Sarah Crossan - Hornbeacon High

Sarah Crossan - Hospital

Sarah Crossan - Hospital

Sarah Crossan - I Move My Head to Look for Tippi

Sarah Crossan - I Move My Head to Look for Tippi

Sarah Crossan - My Story

Sarah Crossan - My Story

Sarah Crossan - Sisters

Sarah Crossan - Sisters

Sarah Crossan - The Worst Thing

Sarah Crossan - The Worst Thing

Sarah Crossan - When I wake up

Sarah Crossan - When I Wake Up

CLiPPA 2016 Shadowing Scheme Winners Highfield Primary - Maternal Impressions

Y5 Highfield Primary School perform Maternal Impressions by Sarah Crossan