The One-in-a-Million Boy – Monica Wood


A poignant story about the unlikely relationship between a 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant, Ona, and an 11-year-old boy. The boy is assigned to help Ona with her household tasks for a scout’s merit badge. The two share a social awkwardness, but they form a unique bond as Ona’s prickly defences are overcome by the boy’s obsession with the Guinness World Records, and his wish to assist Ona in reaching one. Then the boy inexplicably dies and his father, Quinn, tries to better understand a son he battled to connect with. It seems he can do this through knowing Ona, and rediscovering his son through her eyes. Wood’s characters are beautifully drawn, and her writing is eloquent. The sad theme doesn’t monopolize the book emotionally. It is the peculiar beauty of the relationships between the characters which make this book so special.

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Miss Ona Vitkus has – aside from three months in the summer of 1914 – lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected.

The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is eleven. She is one hundred and four years, one hundred and thirty three days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Better late than never…

Only it’s been two weeks now since he last visited, and she’s starting to think he’s not so different from all the rest.

Then the boy’s father comes, for some reason determined to finish his son’s good deed. And Ona must show this new stranger that not only are there odd jobs to be done, but a life’s ambition to complete.


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