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Jul 12

Review: The One-in-a-Million Boy

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM by Elizabeth Land

Until you begin reading The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood, you won’t know how essential it is for you to meet a 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant and the boy who got her living again.

One in a Million Boy by Monica WoodOna Vitkus, the aforementioned woman, just wants to be left alone, until she is forced to accept the help of an 11-year-old Boy Scout, one obsessed with counting and memorizing Guinness World Records. What begins as a forced transaction becomes a connection that gives Ona new goals beyond just existing. The ramifications of this one connection ripple out, pulling the boy’s on-again-off-again father and his grieving mother into Ona’s orbit. As the two learn about Ona’s relationship with their son, they discover just how special he really was.

The sweet narrative is interrupted at just the right moments with world record lists compiled by the boy and transcriptions of recorded interviews with Ona conducted for a school project. The transcription is one-sided because the boy never speaks during the interviews. But through some literary magic, the reader discovers both more about Ona's history and, somehow, about the boy. The novel is kind of like when you are asked to draw the space around a subject in art class, only to find at the end that you still drew the object.

At turns heartbreaking and joyful, this uplifting tale will make you want to call your loved ones and remind them just how important they are to you. The book is now available to check out from the Tabb Library. Request your copy today by calling 890-5100 or logging into the online catalog.