An 11-year-old Boy Scout takes on a project to assist a 104-year-old immigrant woman with her yard work on seven consecutive Saturdays. He is very socially awkward and finds a delightful friend in this alliance. The woman becomes smitten with his diligence and interest in her mundane life history, which he starts researching for a school project. Then one Saturday he doesn't show up, and the next week his father comes instead to finish out his obligation. What happened to the boy, and the bond that forms as a result, makes for a very good read. The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood is an unforgettable, charming, sweet, and sad story. I highly recommend it.
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