One Two Three
About the Book
From Laurie Frankel, The New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is, comes One Two Three: a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry…and laugh again.
In a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does…
Everyone knows everyone in the tiny town of Bourne, but the Mitchell triplets are especially beloved. Mirabel is the smartest person anyone knows, and no one doubts it just because she can’t speak. Monday is the town’s purveyor of books now that the library’s closed. Tell her the book you think you want, and she’ll pull the one you actually do from the microwave or her sock drawer. Mab’s job is hardest of all: get good grades, get into college, get out of Bourne.
For a few weeks 17 years ago, Bourne was national news when its water turned green. The girls have come of age watching their mother’s endless fight for justice. But just when it seems life might go on the same forever, the first moving truck anyone’s seen in years pulls up and unloads new residents and old secrets. Soon, the Mitchell sisters are taking on a system stacked against them and uncovering mysteries buried longer than they’ve been alive. Because it’s hard to let go of the past when the past won’t let go of you.
Three unforgettable narrators join together here to tell a spellbinding story with wit, wonder, and deep affection, showing that when days are darkest, it’s our daughters who will save us all.
About the Author
Laurie Frankel is The New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of four novels. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, People Magazine, Lit Hub, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. She is the recipient of the Washington State Book Award and the Endeavor Award. Her novels have been translated into more than 25 languages and been optioned for film and TV. A former college professor, she now writes full-time in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her family and makes good soup.
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Book Club Food:
High school readers will enjoy the themes and characters in One Two Three.
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El Deafo by Cece Bell (Ages 8-11)
Out of My Mind and Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper (Ages 9-12)
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (Ages 11-17)
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Our Essay Contest
The Adult Prompt/Theme:
Dig in your heels and continue to fight or accept circumstances and move on? In your essay, describe one or more times when you have been faced with this dilemma, the outcomes and what you took away from these experiences.
The Student Prompt/Theme
Working for a cause: What cause (social cause, environmental cause, etc.) is most important to you, why is it important, and what do you do to support it? Are there actions you wish adults would take to help?
1st: It Is Important for Kids to Be Active by Violet Wolfgram, Jefferson ($30 award)
2nd: Wildfires by Lucy Bach, Roosevelt ($20 award)
Save the Turtles by Harper Brown, Roosevelt
Global Warming by Davis Hirt, Jefferson
Saving the Earth by Abby Wurzburger, McKinley
Littering by Ella Bonneau, McKinley
Black Lives Matter by Keira Conway, Roosevelt
Saving China’s Bamboo Forests by Sophia Basile, Roosevelt
Middle School Category:
1st: With Love, Your Local Feminist by Rilyn Paul, Whitman ($50 award)
2nd: Love is Love by Charlie Nunag, Longfellow MSTEM ($30 award)
Honorable Mention: Safer School—Education by Aarna Tyagi, Whitman
High School Category:
1st: Heads in the Sand by Ana Oliver, Tosa East ($75 award)
1st: Advocate Like a Mother by Lani Knutson ($100 award)
2nd: Rising Through the Color Code by Shalini Khare ($60 award)
Honorable Mention: Entering the Twilight Zone by Catherine McArthur