The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer

Book Info

Grade Level
Middle School, High School
STEM Concepts
Physics, Psychology, Engineering, Weight, Logical/Mathematical/Computational Thinking, Design, Energy, Botany, Green Technology, Ethics, Agriculture
Publisher
ISBN
9780385740449

“Call it coincidence, call it fate. This is the place you come. There’s no one else. This is the entire world.”

These words welcome Martin Maple to the village of Xibalba. Like the other children who’ve journeyed there, he faces an awful truth.

He was forgotten.

When families and friends all disappeared one afternoon, these were the only ones left behind.

There’s Darla, who drives a monster truck, Felix, who uses string and wood to rebuild the Internet, Lane, who crafts elaborate contraptions, and nearly 40 others, each equally brilliant and peculiar.

Inspired by the prophesies of a mysterious boy who talks to animals, Martin believes he can reunite them with their loved ones. But believing and knowing are two different things, as he soon discovers with the push of a button, flip of a switch, turn of a dial. . . .

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STEM and the arts go hand in hand like science and fiction. Aaron Starmer talks about how STEM impacts his writing.

Educators

Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons

These questions, prompts, and short activities provide quick ways to inspire interest and explore the STEAM concepts related to the book. Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons can also be used for differentiation and to foster new ideas of your own.

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About the Author

Aaron Starmer

Aaron Starmer was born in northern California and raised in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York. Before pursuing writing full-time, he worked in New York City for over ten years as an editor for a travel bookseller and as an operations director for an African safari company. His middle grade and young adult novels have been translated into multiple foreign languages and have appeared on best of the year lists from Time MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, New York Public Library, YALSA, Bank Street College of Education, Chicago Public Library and School Library Journal. His latest novel, Spontaneous, is in development as a film. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two daughters.

Learn more at aaronstarmer.com.

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