The One-in-a-Million Boy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 5, 2016 - Fiction - 304 pages
The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?

So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.

One Saturday, the boy doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.
“Readers won’t be able to resist falling for Ona … The conclusion will leave them smiling through their tears.”—Shelf Awareness

“Poignant … There is much to enjoy in this heartfelt tale of love, loss, and friendship.”—Express

“A must-read book … Whimsical and bittersweet.”—Good Housekeeping

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Ona Vitkus is 104 years old when she engages the volunteer services of the local boy scout troop. That's how the boy, age 11, comes into her life. To paraphrase the back cover of the book, on the ... Read full review

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I'm not sure when or why I added The One-in-a-Million Boy to my very long to be read list. But, I'm very glad it was there. I bought the Kindle edition when it was on sale and it has been sitting on ... Read full review


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MONICA WOOD is the author of When We Were the Kennedys and several novels, including Any Bitter Thing, a national bestseller. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and many other publications. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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