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Only Child: A novel
by Rhiannon Navin

Published: 2018-02-06
Kindle Edition : 291 pages
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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. . ...
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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.

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by Alison8641 (see profile) 06/07/19

 
by dbublik (see profile) 05/04/19

 
  "Only Child"by khd1205 (see profile) 04/03/19

Excellent page turner

 
  "only child"by Carolynr (see profile) 06/01/18

i gave this a four because i think its an excellent book for discussion. It is amazing how she has told the story from a six year olds perspective. One critic had a hard time believing tha... (read more)

 
  "Seeing things through a child's eyes"by brnoze (see profile) 03/27/18

School shooting and a destroyed family with each family member trying to cope and no one on the same page. The story is told by a 1st grade boy who is having to tackle the loss of his brother and a school... (read more)

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