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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Room and the novels of Jodi Picoult, a dazzling, tenderhearted debut about healing, family, and the exquisite wisdom of children, narrated by a 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 19 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.
©2018 Rhiannon Navin (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

" Only Child realizes every parent's ultimate fear: What if your kid's killer is someone you knew - or thought you knew? Congrats to Rhiannon Navin - this is an outstanding debut." (Harlan Coben)
"An astonishing debut novel." (Louisa Ermelino, Publishers Weekly)

"One of the big debuts of next year." (Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal)

"A powerful exercise in empathy and perspective." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"As I flew through Only Child, I realized that my heart, not my fingers, turned the pages. Rhiannon Navin finds a miraculous way to simplify the unthinkable into a page-turning, emotional awakening. Through the eyes of seven-year-old Zach, we get to see the beauty that can rise up after pain and loss. And we get to see through the noise of our adult lives, back to the undeniable truth of childhood - kindness begets kindness." (Bryan Reardon, author of Finding Jake)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Laury Hubrich on 02-23-18

Oh. My. Goodness!

This book is off the charts awesome. I was in tears so much but I also laughed and got angry. So well written. The young narrator was flawless. Believable. I believe every school guidance counselor should read this. Every teacher. Parents. If only we listened to our children more often...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tommy's Mommy on 03-02-18

This is an important story

As a Mom if a six-year-old boy, I wasn’t sure I could handle this story, but I’m glad I decided to give it a try. It is a beautiful, sensitive, heartbreaking - yet ultimately hopeful - picture of tragedy and compassion told through a child’s eyes.
Although this is fiction, the situation of the impact of a school shooting is all too real and becoming much too common. It had to be a challenge telling this story from the perspective of a first grader, but the author did an amazing job. It reminded me, as a Mom, of all the “big” feelings that my little one faces, and how just listening to him makes such a big difference.
The narration was also perfect.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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