Only Child

Only Child

Book - 2018
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" Only Child triumphs. Zach, at only 6 years old, understands more about the human heart than the broken adults around him. His hope and optimism as he sets out to execute his plan will have every reader cheering him on, and believing in happy endings even in the face of such tragedy. . . . Navin manages to make Zach's voice heartbreakingly believable."--Ann Hood, The Washington Post

"Perfect for fans of Room ... a heartbreaking but important novel." -- Real Simple

Readers of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty will also like this tenderhearted debut about healing and family, narrated by an unforgettable six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524733353
Branch Call Number: F NAV
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 04, 2018

Child narrators can be hit or miss for me, but I was charmed and moved by six-year-old Zach Taylor's narration in this novel. The book opens with Zach in lockdown in a closet at his school during a school shooting. Zach's innocence makes for an ideal window to explore the repercussions of this tragedy on his family, his school, and his community.

Jun 08, 2018

This book was outstanding. The writer wrote with great sensitivity and I truly felt the emotions of all the characters. I cried many times reading the story thru the eyes of this first grader. I highly recommend this first novel and look forward to her next book.

Apr 15, 2018

Book tells the heartbreaking story of a school shooting and the aftermath through the eyes
of a seven year old boy Zach emotional read

Apr 06, 2018

Wow! What a fantastic book. Be sure to have Kleenex nearby - you’re going to need it.

Mar 31, 2018

A compelling and touching story of how a family deals with death. Zach brings his character and that of his family to life through his dialogue. I personally didn't see the need for Dad to have had an affair. It didn't fit in with the overall plot. I would definitely recommend it; however, I don't know if its audience would be especially male-oriented.

Mar 20, 2018

I would have rated it higher, but for the happy ending. I didn't believe it.

ontherideau Mar 16, 2018

A school shooting told through the eyes of a loving, forgiving child. The author writes with sensitivity and understanding. The ripple effect through families, communities and generations is inconceivable.
May school shootings be a tragic part of history, never to be heard of again.

Mar 16, 2018

Excellent book. Tells a story that has occurred too many times in our country - the results of a school shooting. Told by the surviving brother in a family about how they deal with this horrible situation. Loved the understanding and sympathy that was shown by this young person for the parents of the shooter, who were known by everyone in the school. So sad for everyone. This little boy had a wisdom beyond his years. We should always remember those who were left no matter what their age. Just a beautiful story.

DPLalyssab Mar 08, 2018

Part of a new genre of books written about the school shooting epidemic. Written from the perspective of a child who survives the harrowing ordeal and strives to understand the impact on his family and community.

debwalker Feb 27, 2018

All too timely. A school shooting and its aftermath through the eyes of a 6 year old survivor.

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Mar 31, 2018

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