Ona Vitkus is one hundred and four years old. She has seen and experienced a lot in her long lifetime. When an eleven year-old scout is assigned to her, to do odd jobs around the house once a week, she finds a kindred spirit. He is an unusual boy, with no friends, an absent father, but they find they connect.
He starts recording her memories as a school project, which she surprisingly finds she doesn’t mind doing. He shares his obsession with world records and thinks she can be the oldest something.
Then one week he doesn’t turn up. And then his father comes in his place. They too form a relationship of sorts, that works for both of them.
This tender and tragic story of people of all ages, coming together and finding common ground will have you reaching for the tissues.
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Monica Wood –