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For years Stephen was bullied by his siblings and cousins, while his father constantly told him he was only going to be good for the life of a monk. Left with no self-esteem, Stephen begins to believe the things his family says of him. He finds that his only friend is a loyal hound dog. However, when his father decides to send him to the Abbey several years early, Stephen For years Stephen was bullied by his siblings and cousins, while his father constantly told him he was only going to be good for the life of a monk. Left with no self-esteem, Stephen begins to believe the things his family says of him. He finds that his only friend is a loyal hound dog. However, when his father decides to send him to the Abbey several years early, Stephen is forced for part with his one true friend.   With that, Stephen decides that he will be a knight and prove to his family that he is worth more than they believe. Follow Stephen through a series of events as he experiences great happiness and great loss, discovers his talents and finds the path he chooses to follow. Stephen will build his confidence and decide for himself what he's worth. “In One is One …there is a large cast of entirely credible characters and a good contrast is pointed between fourteenth-century courtly and monastic life. The strength of this book derives from its concern with important themes—loneliness, loyalty, courage and love; above all, self-knowledge.”—The Spectator “Miss Picard has been bold in choosing for her hero a weakling and a coward. The final resolution of Stephen's doubts, though not unexpected, is most beautifully handled.”—The Times Literary Supplement


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For years Stephen was bullied by his siblings and cousins, while his father constantly told him he was only going to be good for the life of a monk. Left with no self-esteem, Stephen begins to believe the things his family says of him. He finds that his only friend is a loyal hound dog. However, when his father decides to send him to the Abbey several years early, Stephen For years Stephen was bullied by his siblings and cousins, while his father constantly told him he was only going to be good for the life of a monk. Left with no self-esteem, Stephen begins to believe the things his family says of him. He finds that his only friend is a loyal hound dog. However, when his father decides to send him to the Abbey several years early, Stephen is forced for part with his one true friend.   With that, Stephen decides that he will be a knight and prove to his family that he is worth more than they believe. Follow Stephen through a series of events as he experiences great happiness and great loss, discovers his talents and finds the path he chooses to follow. Stephen will build his confidence and decide for himself what he's worth. “In One is One …there is a large cast of entirely credible characters and a good contrast is pointed between fourteenth-century courtly and monastic life. The strength of this book derives from its concern with important themes—loneliness, loyalty, courage and love; above all, self-knowledge.”—The Spectator “Miss Picard has been bold in choosing for her hero a weakling and a coward. The final resolution of Stephen's doubts, though not unexpected, is most beautifully handled.”—The Times Literary Supplement

30 review for One is One: Historical Fiction for Teens

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Chiger

    I first read One Is One when I was 10 years old, and it was one of the first books that made me cry. I reread it nearly 30 years later and cried once again. That may not sound like much of a recommendation, but the tears came near the beginning, not at the end, and are part of an amazingly cathartic tale. Stephen's journey from boyhood to adulthood is a difficult one, filled with enough adventure to please children who are reading it for the promise of derring-do, as well as with pathos, loss, a I first read One Is One when I was 10 years old, and it was one of the first books that made me cry. I reread it nearly 30 years later and cried once again. That may not sound like much of a recommendation, but the tears came near the beginning, not at the end, and are part of an amazingly cathartic tale. Stephen's journey from boyhood to adulthood is a difficult one, filled with enough adventure to please children who are reading it for the promise of derring-do, as well as with pathos, loss, and wonder.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toby

    One is One is an interesting book that is unlike most mainstream writing. However, from the middle to the end, the book was awfully boring and it seemed like a chore when I was reading it. The beginning has a gripping hook and was a great read. I recommend this book if you're interesting in medieval writing, but if you want a book that will be a fun and exciting read, don't read this one. One is truly One and that's what I'd rate this book on a scale of 1 to 10.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The first time I read this book, I think I cried harder than at any book I've ever read since. I would have been 11 or 12. Revisiting it as an adult, the characters are just as vivid, the message just as strong.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Margareth8537

    Beautifully written and very moving book, that I have come back to several times

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Barbara Peonie Picard skillfully weaves the engaging story of Stephen in the realistic setting of 14th century Medieval England. Bullied and fearful as a child, Stephen understands, more than anything else, that he does not measure up to others' expectations of him and that he does not fit in. Stephen perseveres through numerous difficulties with surprising personal courage and a certain degree of aplomb. However, he is not, until many years later, able to recognize his own abilities or worth. Un Barbara Peonie Picard skillfully weaves the engaging story of Stephen in the realistic setting of 14th century Medieval England. Bullied and fearful as a child, Stephen understands, more than anything else, that he does not measure up to others' expectations of him and that he does not fit in. Stephen perseveres through numerous difficulties with surprising personal courage and a certain degree of aplomb. However, he is not, until many years later, able to recognize his own abilities or worth. Unlike a run-of-the-mill coming-of-age story, One is One sheds light on an inner struggle so many of us face or have faced: accepting our God-given gifts. These gifts include talents, character traits, character-building experiences, friendships, love and loss...in other words, the God-directed tapestry of our lives. Picard has produced a truly rich and timeless tale. Highly recommended reading!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Goodall

    I do not read many mideval books, but after recieving this one as a gift, I made it my goal to do just that. I found this book somewhat hard to get into towards the beginning but after engaging in most of the charactera and letting the storyline play out before me in my head like a play, I began to thoroughly enjoy this book. There were multiple places that I almost cried and twice that I did (those who have read this already,could probably state where) but it was a good type of crying. ;) Alth I do not read many mideval books, but after recieving this one as a gift, I made it my goal to do just that. I found this book somewhat hard to get into towards the beginning but after engaging in most of the charactera and letting the storyline play out before me in my head like a play, I began to thoroughly enjoy this book. There were multiple places that I almost cried and twice that I did (those who have read this already,could probably state where) but it was a good type of crying. ;) Althpugh it took me a while to get through this book, and it may take a while for others, it is a very realistic story that I highly recommend. Enjoy your reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LinMarie

    After spending a month reading dozens of medieval books for children, I would place this book as the best I have ever read. It is a hard story, though, emotionally wrenching throughout Stephen's youth, so I would not recommend it for children under 12. If you know anyone who has felt out of place, different from others, a loner, or simply lost in the midst of a crowd, this is a book that will resonate and give hope for eventually finding his true place. It also gives insight to how children can After spending a month reading dozens of medieval books for children, I would place this book as the best I have ever read. It is a hard story, though, emotionally wrenching throughout Stephen's youth, so I would not recommend it for children under 12. If you know anyone who has felt out of place, different from others, a loner, or simply lost in the midst of a crowd, this is a book that will resonate and give hope for eventually finding his true place. It also gives insight to how children can also be pulled into bullying by habit and mob psychology--sometimes without realizing the extent of their cruelty.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Myra

    One is One is a great book that takes place in England during the fourteenth century. It is about a boy named Stephen De Bouville who is the son of a Earl and has many sisters and brothers who constantly tease him. Stephen has always wanted to be a knight, but his family thinks him a coward and tries to make him a monk. This book follows Stephen and how he gains and loses those he cares about. Although this is a well written book, it is not fast paced or adventurous.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    When I first picked up this book I was unwilling to enjoy it. As I got further into the heart of the story I began to enjoy it more. The book is set in medieval times so you learn about castles horses and knights. The antagonist of the story, Stephen is a young boy living in a castle with his large family. He is constantly beaten by his cousins and is though of as the weakling of the family. Stephens father wishes him to be a monk, however Stephen has other plans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book is interesting, but I don't think it was overall a great book and the plot seemed to turn out to be a bit of a let down. At some points in the book it was interesting, at other moments it was a slow moving plot that wasn't fun to read. Overall, this book wasn't half bad. If you like a book that steps into life in medieval times, this book is right for you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Loved this well-written YA novel set in 14th-century England. It was well researched, thoughtful, and completely believable. A tad slow, though , when I think of the pacing of most current YA titles, but nothing that made me impatient. Definitely planning on reading more by the same author!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aleng Byute

    :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hirosasazaki Sasazaki

    This is a masterpiece. Enjoyed reading it very much especially after watching Robin Hood.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maceo

    One is One was a great read in all I would recommend this to some one who really enjoyed Beyonders by Brandon Mull its like that without magic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    I loved this book as a child - must re-read one day.

  16. 4 out of 5

    CLM

    Vividly depicted but ultimately depressing; quite unlike the other books by this author I remember from childhood. I had bought this for my nephews but suspect they are too sensitive to read it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barry Wynn

  18. 4 out of 5

    Violet A.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Whyte

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Tynan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tessica

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 4 out of 5

    John Owen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon4

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dori Moody

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Dry Books

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