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 migrant and the boy who got her living again.
Ona 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. Continue reading