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  - LukeS - LibraryThing

This novel traces the posthumous influence of an 11 year-old boy on a sympathetic set of adults, and traces the effects of his life and death to self-discovery, love, responsibility, and record ... Read full review

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User Review  - rglossne - LibraryThing

Quinn Porter, the guitarist father of the boy, finds himself fulfilling an obligation to 104 year old Ona Vitkus in the wake of his son’s death. The boy has been doing yard work for her while earning ... 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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