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Only Child

Navin, Rhiannon

  22 Reviews

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]

Pages
288
Year
2018

Reviews

RICH 010
01-12-2022
We all agreed that this was a compelling book about a dreadful modern reality in America, narrated through the eyes of a 6-year old who was pretty much left to disentangle the emotions of his grief alone, whilst the adults in his world fell apart in various ways. The child like narrative was a clear and useful map of dealing with the confusion of grief. Very well-written.
WHITIAN 001
08-11-2022
General feeling in the group was that if Zach had been older, say 8 or 9, it would have been more plausible. But most found it an easy read and a different view point on this subject.
TAUR 061
11-07-2022
NELS 050
16-06-2022
A book full of tears, kindness, heartache, tragedy, and the innocence of a child all wrapped into one great read.
WESTO 001
18-05-2022
Everyone enjoyed this book - a very interesting perspective, coming from the child's point of view.
WHAKA 019
04-05-2022
Everyone found it interesting and a good read.
NGARB 001
22-10-2021
An interesting approach to an emotional subject which generated some good discussion.
WHITIAN 003
23-08-2021
Fabulous! Everyone really enjoyed this beautifully written book.
LITRIV 001
06-08-2021
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.
COROM 003
19-05-2021
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.
CHCH 393
16-04-2021
Not at all what we expected to read about a school shooting. Truly fascinating viewpoint.
AUCK 255
19-08-2020
Heartbreaking story, but loved the writing from a child's perspective, particularly the portrayal of emotions as colours.
WANAK 008
07-08-2020
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.
TEMUK 001
09-07-2020
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.
WELL 150
03-07-2020
Reduced us to tears - such an emotional read. This author manages to get inside a child's thoughts and perspective really well.
UPHU 007
22-06-2020
Was mostly enjoyed.
TEPUK 006
15-06-2020
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.
HOKITIK 001
15-06-2020
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.
CHCH 396
13-05-2020
This was a very good book for creating lively discussion!
KATIK 006
13-05-2020
Everyone enjoyed this.
LOWER 008
13-05-2020
WE all LOVED the book. Good writing - full of authentic feeling and detail. The characters develop and rub off on each other.
CHCH 016
12-05-2020
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.