Text Talk Tuesday- The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood
This multi-dimensional story features a 104 year old woman, a quirky, young boy and his imperfect family. The boy is the title character of the book even though we learn of his death in the first chapter. Oddly enough, we never learn his name, he is only referred to as “the boy.”
The boy is working towards a merit badge in boy scouts when he suddenly dies and so his father takes over his volunteer work for Ona Vitkus, the 104 year old woman he has promised to help for the next couple of months. His father takes over the job and forms a bond with this somewhat-crotchety old lady.
I absolutely adored this book, even though it is certainly sad at times, it is touching and sweet. The characters are real with many flaws which make you root for them all the more. The ending was perfect. I would not have changed a thing about it. It’s the kind of book that has rich language and causes you to think about the most important things in your life.