One by Sarah Crossan
Release: September 15, 2015 from Greenwillow Books
Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.It is a pressing question when designing a cover for a book spotlighting a physical abnormality—how to portray the subject matter accurately but tactfully. The designers behind R.J. Palacio's Wonder, for example, did a wonderful job of crafting a cover that features but does not exploit the likeness of a one-eyed boy.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.
But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.
And the designers behind One did an even better job. I absolutely love the choice to use connected cut-paper dolls to represent this book's characters; they add a touch of elegance and whimsy—especially thanks to the intricate patterns on the dress—but they do not shy away from the girls' physical connection. And the bright red heart between the two girls is a fitting accent, perfectly representing the sisters' feelings toward each other as well as the empathy Sarah Crossan is sure to bring to the story. I have never before read a book about conjoined twins—despite John Green's multiple expert recommendations—so I cannot wait to meet Tippi and Grace.