2016-2017 OBOS Book Choice is: The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Our theme this year is “What You Do Matters” and we are thrilled to share that we chose The Boy on the Wooden Box: how the impossible became possible on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson as our OBOS book for this school year. Leon Leyson was 10 years old when the Germans invaded Poland. As the youngest survivor on Schindler's list, his memoir is truly unforgettable.
Our culminating activity was held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 when we finished reading the book together in our school wide, cross grade level book club groups. Our student body presented food from our annual canned food drive to Larry Sly of the Contra Costa Food Bank. We presented this food to the Food Bank in honor of Leon Leyson, his life and the incredible example set by Oscar Schindler in helping people. Leon's story was a story of bravery, of hope and the impact of an unlikely hero. We were honored to have Leon's wife, Lis Leyson, his daughter Stacey Leyson Wilfong, his daughter-in-law Camille Leyson, and his grandaughter Mia Leyson join us to share their memories of Leon.
Previous One Book One School Book Titles
2015-2016: I Am Malala by Malala Yousagzai
2014-2015: Paperboy by Vince Vawter
2013-2014: Unstoppable by Tim Green
2012-2013: Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
2011-2012: A Long Walk to Water: based on a true story by Linda Sue Park
2010-2011: All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall
2009-2010: Peak by Roland Smith
2008-2009: Secrets, Lies and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman