The One-in-a-million Boy

The One-in-a-million Boy

eBook - 2015
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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
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780544618442
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 17, 2020

Beautifully and eloquently written. This story has stayed with me for a long time. Strong characters and while flawed, love and redemption see them through. No tied up endings with pretty bows but leaves you feeling like, "Wow, that was such a good book." Didn't want it to end.

May 23, 2020

Loved this book!

Jul 28, 2019

Highly recommended

Jun 02, 2019

This book is a lovely read, full of complex characters. I appreciated the taped interview pieces particularly. A delight!

Mar 13, 2019

This is not a spoiler as you learn right away that an 11 year old boy dies, but what you also learn is how his death brings together a circle of people who loved him. They learn to heal and honor his life and in doing so honor their own lives.
It is a wonderful story of back-stories including the boy's best friend, a 104 year old woman who with his help was hoping to break a Guinness world record and help him earn a scout badge.
A good story of grief, regret and forgiveness.

You think you are getting a light, ‘fast read’ kind of book when you first pick this one up, especially at the start, but once you get into it, the themes that emerge can be thought provoking. Loss is the main premise and the author gives it to us in many angles, of a child, a parent, a marriage. Even if you think this description sounds depressing, I feel Monica Wood has handled all of this with a gentle hand and humour. This book was recommended to me and I’m definitely going to recommend it to others. (Submitted by Renee)

Apr 27, 2017

I loved the context of this book. A great story. I gave it a 3 because it was definitely not a quick read for me.

Mar 15, 2017

Great dialogue and highly likeable characters make this a heart warming cozy read.

Jan 21, 2017

Highly recommended to me by Pat from Bookclub. She said I would love this book

Oct 21, 2016

Such a beautiful story. Believable, likeable characters taking the reader through their stories - love, loss, redemption - connecting just by living the day to day and being human. So sad but also hopeful and inspiring.

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