Article Title

One + One = Blue


Nancy Haight


Dependable, Intermediate, MJ Auch, Synesthesia, Drama, Loneliness, Friendship

Document Type

Book Review


Basil Feeney is the biggest loser in the seventh grade. Gram has home-schooled him until this year when Basil comes to public school hoping to find some friends. Unfortunately, he finds himself sitting by himself in the lunchroom until the day he walks in to find a girl sitting in his spot. Tenzie’s talking annoys him until she says something about having a weird thing with numbers and colors--Basil has a weird thing with numbers and colors too and he learns about synesthesia. Complications come when Basil’s mother Carly, an aspiring actress, comes home. Basil always imagined his mom coming to reclaim him, but he can’t quite trust Carly--while Tenzie, feeling overlooked at home, adores her. Carly abruptly leaves after a near-accident she causes and the two kids decide to go after her. When they find Carly, she starts to take them home, but changes her mind and abandons them at a library. Basil calls Gram to come get them and they settle back into their contented life.