The One-in-a-Million Boy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 5, 2016 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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  - purplequeennl - LibraryThing

I read this book for my book club, it wasn't a genre or topic I would have normally chosen to read, and so I hadn't expected to like it - but I did. Once I started reading, I was gripped and needed to ... Read full review

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User Review  - kmajort - LibraryThing

I didn't know what to expect - was worried when I read the synopsis.... Will not give away anything critical. Excellent characters, I really cared about most of them. The ending was not predictable. Just trust me, and read it! Read full review

Contents

Sunus Sons
75
Kelione Journey
127
Draugas Friend
193
Vakarus Evening
283
Back Matter
322
Back Flap
325
Back Cover
326
Spine
327
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MONICA WOOD is the author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine and of the novel Any Bitter Thing, a national bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and many other publications. Wood lives in Portland, Maine.

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