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The One In A Million Boy – A Sensitive View Of The World

One in a million

The One In A Million Boy. I had absolutely no idea how this book was going to go; but after the first chapter, I felt a slight shadow darken across my heart as I learnt about ‘the boy’. A wonderfully understated and sensitive book written by Monica Wood

The boy is eleven years old. He isn’t like the the other boys, he is a little bit different. His doting mum packs him off to Scouts to help him mix with others, to get out of his room and away from his stacks of world record facts, which he obsesses over. He ends up at the house of Miss Ona Vitkus, an astonishingly old woman of one hundred and four years old, who needs help around the house. They both have stories, which they slowly share with each other, and during their Saturday’s together, the young boy helps Ms Ona Vitkus in more ways than she could ever hope. He makes her feel special, and she finds she now has a purpose.

Until one Saturday, and then the next, the boy doesn’t come. Ona thinks he may be like all the other boys after all, until the boy’s father arrives at the doorstep. He is determined to finish what his son started.

One In A Million Boy

This book cuts deep, so be warned! The heart and soul of this little boy will follow you through the the pages and the boy’s father has a tale of his own, so carefully told. The story unfolds gently and will catch you unawares.

A really beautiful book. If you loved The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, If I Fall, If I Die and Tom Houghton, you will immerse yourself in the pages of The One In A Million Boy.

If you’re looking for a book to lose yourself in, this is it.

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5 Stars from me – I’m still thinking about it.

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The Book Jacket (Hachette Publishing)

A one-in-a-million story for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be.
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.
Biographical Notes

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. Born in Maine, New England, to an Irish Catholic family, she worked as a guidance counsellor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a singer, and travelled the New England circuit singing jazz, country, pop and gospel for many years. She lives in Maine with her husband.