The One in a Million Boy

by Monica Wood

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LoveReading View on The One in a Million Boy

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

April 2016 Book of the Month.

Absolutely enchanting, and not in a sugary syrupy sweet way, oh no, instead this is earthy and vibrant and real. Miss Ona Vitkus is 104 years old, she lives on her own, relatively undisturbed, and then the 11 year old boy turns up on her doorstep. The two become unlikely friends, with world records, birds and life histories becoming main topics of conversation. Monica Wood writes with beautiful empathy, she doesn't judge, or even provoke, she sets this gorgeous story in motion and allows you, as the reader along on the journey. I particularly loved the transcripts of the tape recordings, it just consists of “shards” of thoughts, and the replies of Miss Vitkus to questions, however the boy is there, his presence is undeniable and the pages simply overflow with his energy. ‘The One-In-A-Million Boy’ is about a meeting of minds and hearts, of friendship and living life, it’s a particularly lovely and charming read, and you might just raise your eyebrow at a world record or two along the way.

Liz Robinson

The One in a Million Boy Synopsis

A one-in-a-million story for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be. Not to be missed by readers who loved THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, ELIZABETH IS MISSING or THE SHOCK OF THE FALL.

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 ...

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The One in a Million Boy Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Heart-breaking, thought provoking, disturbing - absolutely brilliant family and friendship story.'
  • Vicki Sharman - 'this book blew me away.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'Monica Wood writes so sensitively, getting right to the heart of her character’s feelings, skilfully illustrating just how delicate and fragile people’s lives are.'
  • Reba Khatun - 'The One in a Million Boy is a gem of a book. It's a story that made me smile, laugh, cry and hug my children tightly. A heart-warming but also sad tale about regrets and lonely souls.'
  • Martin Ball - 'I felt this was a great story beautifully portrayed by Monica Wood about the relationship between Ona Vitkus, a very quiet 104 year old woman and an 11 year old boy scout.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'This is a lovely story that carries you along to the end with world records included!'
  • Angela Hunt - 'To me, this novel was one of the best I have read in many years.  Every character is beautifully crafted, and the whole book is a joy.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Such a lovely book with heartfelt moments. This book will always be with me.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'What a tender, beautiful book this is.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'One of those books that you race to finish but at the same time don’t ever want to finish.  Monica Wood captures all the characters and their eccentricities delightfully.'
  • Maureen Evans - 'Through a boy's kindness comes a relationship between his father and an elderly woman that will alter their futures. A 'must-read' for those who enjoy discovering the unexpected in everyday life.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'A beautifully written tale, Monica Wood takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and leaves you longing for more.  If you only read one book this summer make it this one.'
  • Jane Ashbrook - 'A heart-warming, poignant tale which is well written and stays with you long after you finish.'
  • Emily Jarvis - 'This book does not come short when it comes to comparisons with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Our Endless Numbered Days.' 
  • Nicki Southwell - 'A brilliantly written story spanning 3 generations and their relationships.  You will laugh and cry as you experience these emotions.  A must read for all Monica Wood fans.'

The One in a Million Boy Press Reviews

'Wise, witty and incredibly moving... magical and life-affirming. I was utterly charmed' -- Polly Samson

'A big, warm, winning treat of a novel, wholly believable but touched with magic... Sharply observed, deftly constructed and pithily told' -- Alison Mercer

'A magical, beautifully written story about the healing power of friendship, music, and unexpected, generation-spanning connections. As emotionally resonant as THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME' -- Christina Baker Kline

'The boy is one of my favourite literary characters ever! I thought it was a gem of a novel, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Beautifully written, with characters that you want to keep by your side' -- Adele Parks

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ISBN: 9781472228352
Publication date: 05/04/2016
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472228352
Publication date: 5th April 2016
Author: Monica Wood
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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About Monica Wood

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. Author photo copyright Dan Abbot

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