The One Thing

The One Thing

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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 a while, 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 magnetic 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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 204 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Hyperion
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 148473761X
  • 9781484737613
  • 478,711

Review quote

"This book shows the struggle of redefining yourself after losing what you think of as the one thing' that makes you who you are. It is not preachy or overly optimistic about the challenges Maggie faces, but it has humor and characters that are well developed (even the adults). Give this to students who like Me, Earl and the Dying Girl or anything with humor and music."--VOYAshow more

About Marci Lyn Curtis

Marci Lyn Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two grown kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Florida. The One Thing is her first novel. Say hi to her on her website,, or on Twitter, more

Review Text

"Maggie's voice is sharp and quick-witted, and Ben's persistent exuberance provides an excellent foil...Funny, sweet, and hopeful."- Kirkus Reviewsshow more

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1,608 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 42% (677)
4 36% (572)
3 18% (293)
2 3% (51)
1 1% (15)
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