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The One Thing

"This heartfelt read isn't one to be missed."-BuzzFeed

"Funny, sweet, and hopeful."-Kirkus Reviews

“The dialogue and Maggie’s inner thoughts are hilarious… Teens who enjoy stories about people overcoming adversity, complete with a satisfying conclusion, will enjoy this novel.”—School Library Journal

“It is not preachy or overly optimistic about the challenges Maggie faces, but it has humor and characters that are well developed.”—VOYA



“Fans of Sarah Dessen and John Green will enjoy this story about overcoming life’s challenges; the novel has a satisfying conclusion and features strong character growth.”—Children’s Literature Journal


Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met. Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.  

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