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One Book One Valley

New Hampshire Humanities Council

“The One-in-a-Million Boy” to be One Book One Valley’s 2017 title

MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY--Program planners for One Book One Valley, the regional “big read” program entering its twelth year, are pleased to announce this year’s title, “The One-in-a-Million Boy".

The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades. One Saturday, the boy doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves againProduct Details.


Planned by area librarians along with White Birch Books’ Laura Cummings, One Book One Valley 2017 will kick off in September after Labor Day. Participating libraries, schools, and White Birch Books will have copies of “The One-in-a-Million Boy” to borrow or purchase. During the months of September through November, several participating libraries will host programs and presentations relating to themes in the book.


One Book One Valley 2017 will culminate with two valley-wide author events. The first will be on Thursday, October 26 at Kennett High School’s Loynd Auditorium when author Monica Wood will talk about “The One-in-a-Million Boy,” together with mention of her other published works and answer audience questions.


On Friday, August 25, enjoy An Evening with Monica Wood at M&D Playhouse, N. Conway, 603-733-5275. Prior to M&D Playhouse's production of Wood's play, Papermaker, this unique event will offer bookworms and theater enthusiasts an opportunity to interact with Wood and explore her work.


Papermaker, a play by Monica Wood, Thursdays through Saturdays, August 24-26 & 31, September 1-2, 7-9. For tickets, visit or call 603-733-5275.


On Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 pm at the Conway Public Library, Conway Village a program, Immigration, Ethnicity and the Reinvention of New England Identity will be presented by Linda Upham-Bornstein, Plymouth State University lecturer in history.  Also at the Conway Publlic Library, is Stories Told by Seniors on Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 pm, a presentation by Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County.


One Book One Valley’s participating institutions are libraries in Bartlett, Chocorua, Conway, Effingham, Freedom, Jackson, Madison, Moultonborough, North Conway, Ossipee, Sandwich and Tamworth in New Hampshire, and Bridgton, Brownfield, Fryeburg, and Lovell in Maine, plus Kennett High School, Granite State College (Conway), and White Birch Books in North Conway. More information about One Book One valley, including past years’ sponsors and grant funders, can be found online at


Past Books:

2016: “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue”
by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.

2015: Euphoria by Lily King

2014: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Brown

2013: The Talk Funny Girl by Roland Merullo

2012: Love You More by Lisa Gardner

2011: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

2010: Go with Me by Castle Freeman

2009: The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

2008: Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

2007: The Old American by Ernest Hebert

2006: A Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher

Following Atticus Book CoverGo With Me Book Cover The Double Bind Book Cover Here If You Need Book Cover The Old American Book Cover A Stranger in the Kingdom Book CoverProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct Details