Born With: Erika and Gianni

Written by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Meet Erika and Gianni: One is a fifteen-year-old girl who loves to dance and sing and make people laugh. She tells people that she was born with an extra gene, but her sister has to buy hers at the mall (ha, ha!!). Being in three dance numbers in the school production of Grease is a big job, but with the help of her Best Buddy, Gianni, Erika knows her can be a star.
The other is a Grade 11 boy with a secret. Like his Best Buddy, Erika, who is born with Down Syndrome, Gianni loves to sing and dance. He also knows that he’s different from the other boys in his school - but is he that different from that cool, attractive actor in the school play? Or is he just imagining that the sparks between them are mutual? And will the rough gang of guys at school also pick up on who he really is?
Told in the alternating voices of Erika and Gianni, Born With is the story of two teens who help each other to find their own versions of success and acceptance.
Each One-to-One novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.

Teacher’s Guide (WORD & PDF)
Reflection Activity (WORD & PDF)
Poster Activity (WORD & PDF)

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