Title: Only Child
Authors: Navin, Rhiannon
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 288
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: Six-year-old Zach Taylor has had far too much happen in his short life: he has experienced a school shooting that has taken his brother Andy, and now his parents are not themselves. It's bewildering and his parents' preoccupations in the aftermath of the tragedy leave Zach floundering, alone. But it is the naive optimism and determination of the big-hearted child he is, to make things right, that has unexpected consequences.

Presented through the unique perspective of an insightful young survivor, this is a powerful story of grief and recovery. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Relationships, Tragedy/disaster, Young narrator, America, What's Hot, 2020 Titles, Larger font


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By: WHAKA 019 2022-05-04 16:53:30
Everyone found it interesting and a good read.

By: NGARB 001 2021-10-22 09:42:08
An interesting approach to an emotional subject which generated some good discussion.

By: WHITIAN 003 2021-08-23 14:29:33
Fabulous! Everyone really enjoyed this beautifully written book.

By: LITRIV 001 2021-08-06 14:31:45
Our book had divided opinions about this book. It generated a lot of discussion on the way the parents behaved, and the availability of guns. We all thought it was a very clever book.

By: COROM 003 2021-05-19 11:49:54
An excellent book, everyone enjoyed the characters and the saga that unfolded. However we did feel that it was a bit wordy, and could have been more condensed.

By: CHCH 393 2021-04-16 14:57:25
Not at all what we expected to read about a school shooting. Truly fascinating viewpoint.

By: AUCK 255 2020-08-19 11:36:32
Heartbreaking story, but loved the writing from a child's perspective, particularly the portrayal of emotions as colours.

By: WANAK 008 2020-08-07 15:37:56
One loved it, one hated it and the rest of us hovered somewhere in the middle. We generally agreed that if we had picked it up at the library we would have put it back on the shelf having read the back cover and realised the setting for the story. However, we generally liked the story being told from the child's perspective (especially the primary teachers in our group!) but overall we found the theme very disturbing.

By: TEMUK 001 2020-07-09 14:26:10
So much discussion arose from our reading of this book - especially concerning Zach's personality and perception, as well as the themes of grief and guilt. Enjoyed by us all.

By: WELL 150 2020-07-03 14:28:48
Reduced us to tears - such an emotional read. This author manages to get inside a child's thoughts and perspective really well.

By: UPHU 007 2020-06-22 14:32:39
Was mostly enjoyed.

By: HOKITIK 001 2020-06-15 14:54:43
The majority of members enjoyed the idea of this horrific event told through the eyes of a child; a unique perspective, although two members thought it was contrived. An interesting account of a family in shock and trauma. Many members could relate to this and expressed their experiences - it brought out interesting discussions.

By: TEPUK 006 2020-06-15 11:29:46
An excellent read which prompted lively discussion. The writer held the child's perspective throughout (mostly). Well crafted story of a family under incredible stress, and forced by a horrible act of violence to confront underlying tensions and issues. Highly recommend.

By: CHCH 396 2020-05-13 14:25:18
This was a very good book for creating lively discussion!

By: KATIK 006 2020-05-13 14:24:38
Everyone enjoyed this.

By: LOWER 008 2020-05-13 14:24:00
WE all LOVED the book. Good writing - full of authentic feeling and detail. The characters develop and rub off on each other.

By: CHCH 016 2020-05-12 15:56:31
A mixed response from the group. Some thought the book was very good. Others thought it was "written for book clubs" - a genre all its own, hence the questions published within the book. Another comment was that it appealed to our voyeuristic fascination with nasty things done to others.

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