One Time by Sharon Creech

Happy Thursday! I am honored Sharon Creech stopped by to share a guest post about her forthcoming middle-grade novel, One Time


I wanted to tweet out and underline nearly every line while reading One Time. I cannot wait for you to spend time with insightful Gina, kind Antonio, Uncle and Auntie Pasta, and all the students in Miss Lightstone's warm, safe, and loving classroom. Thank you, Sharon! 

Dear Book Lover,

I began writing One Time when my husband and I returned for a year to Switzerland, where we had worked thirty years prior. Everything was so familiar and yet also mysterious.

When I change environments, my mind tilts a bit, and I feel such a sense of possibility. In southern Switzerland, so close to the Italian border, where the people resemble my Italian grandparents, I become increasingly aware how much a place, its people and its language, like everywhere I’ve lived, has shaped me, my children, my students, my writing, and in some ways, perhaps, my readers.

One Time builds on that awareness and those explorations. It is a story about imagination and becoming and possibility. Who are you? What shapes you? Who could you become?

This is the story of eleven-year-old Gina, a mysterious new neighbor, Antonio, and a young teacher who sparks imagination in the classroom through frequent, ‘free’ (ungraded) writing experiments. My experience as both a teacher and a writer inspired me in thinking about the questions that Gina and Miss Lightstone’s class might uncover.

Peppering Gina’s world are her parents, friends Maggie and Arif, the noisy Clackerty-Claffertys, the Frails, Uncle and Auntie Pasta, the Angel Lucia, and many more. Gina is shaped by all of these, much as you have been shaped, I suspect, by those in your world.

Who are you?

What shapes you?
Who could you be?

I hope you enjoy this exploration.

One time there was a writer and a reader. . .

-Sharon Creech



Look for One Time on September 8, 2020. 

Gina Filomena has always been told she has an overactive imagination. With her bright clothing from her Nonna Filomena and her artistic spirit, she’s always felt different from the other kids in her class. That is, until she meets her new neighbor, a mysterious boy named Antonio with a wide, welcoming smile.

When Gina and Antonio start school, they meet their new teacher, Miss Lightstone. Through Miss Lightstone’s lessons, a world of possibilities opens up, and Gina observes her classmates’ creativity beginning to blossom. With the help of Antonio and the teacher with a gift for inspiring her students, will Gina find the answers to the questions Who am I? and Who do I want to be?

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