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Sues a uest for justice while Zach retreats into his super secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing Ultimately though it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward as sometimes only a child ca A remarkable debut novel ripped from the much to common school shooting headlines but brilliantly told through a different perspective SUMMARYIn ONLY CHILD six year old Zack Taylor tells us a story It’s the story of how he survives a deadly shooting at his school by hiding in his classroom closet with his teacher But one of the 19 casualties was his 10 year old brother Andy Zach’s mother is utterly shocked and devastated She is on a desperate uest for justice against the shooter’s parents and has no time for Zach Zach tells us about how he felt invisible And how he made a secret hideout and surrounded himself with a picture of his brother his favorite books and some special drawings he made of his feelings He is on his own to figure out how to cope So he starts reading his Magic Tree House books and thinks he has found an answer Armed with the hope and willfulness of a child Zach attempts to help his parents find love and forgiveness again REVIEWI finished this heartbreaking book yesterday morning; but by yesterday afternoon the subject of this book became our reality once again Another school shooting in another city This one in Parkland Florida at a high school where 17 children were murdered and shattered families are left in tatters When will it end?ONLY CHILD left me in tears It’s heartbreaking because it is so real and so senseless But it’s also a beautiful story of a child’s resilience and a child’s desire to make things right With Zack as the narrator you will be instantly engrossed by his telling of the pops he heard while hiding in the closest You will marvel at the way he described his feelings with colors and you will uickly fall in love with this six year old’s huge heart RHIANNON NAVIN’s debut novel is stellar The characters are as real as a book can get and the writing is impeccable While the subject matter may be difficult to read it’s fascinating and perhaps even valuable to understand it from the mind of a child who is also a survivor and a sibling of one that is lost forever I listened to the Audible version of this book which made it all the real The narrator Kivlighan de Montebello was endearing The Burning Boys perspective SUMMARYIn ONLY CHILD six year old Zack Taylor tells us a story It’s the story of how he survives a deadly shooting at his school by hiding in his classroom closet with his teacher But one of the 19 casualties was his 10 year old brother Andy Zach’s mother is utterly shocked and devastated She is on a desperate uest for justice against the shooter’s A Little Learning parents and has no time for Zach Zach tells us about how he felt invisible And how he made a secret hideout and surrounded himself with a The Good Neighbour picture of his brother his favorite books and some special drawings he made of his feelings He is on his own to figure out how to cope So he starts reading his Magic Tree House books and thinks he has found an answer Armed with the hope and willfulness of a child Zach attempts to help his Catch Me Before I Fall parents find love and forgiveness again REVIEWI finished this heartbreaking book yesterday morning; but by yesterday afternoon the subject of this book became our reality once again Another school shooting in another city This one in Parkland Florida at a high school where 17 children were murdered and shattered families are left in tatters When will it end?ONLY CHILD left me in tears It’s heartbreaking because it is so real and so senseless But it’s also a beautiful story of a child’s resilience and a child’s desire to make things right With Zack as the narrator you will be instantly engrossed by his telling of the Biggles Fails to Return pops he heard while hiding in the closest You will marvel at the way he described his feelings with colors and you will uickly fall in love with this six year old’s huge heart RHIANNON NAVIN’s debut novel is stellar The characters are as real as a book can get and the writing is impeccable While the subject matter may be difficult to read it’s fascinating and African Nights perhaps even valuable to understand it from the mind of a child who is also a survivor and a sibling of one that is lost forever I listened to the Audible version of this book which made it all the real The narrator Kivlighan de Montebello was endearing

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We went to school that Tuesday like normalNot all of us came home Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher six year old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school A gunman has entered the building an Audiobookread by a very talented child with a growing resume by the name of Kivlighan de MontebelloKivlighan has appeared in 11 films 1 theater production 2 television shows and 5 voice overs I was so impressed by the presence of this child’s voice honestly one of the very best VOICE OVERS I’ve listened to in my entire history of audio listeningI HAD TO LOOK THIS KID UP WHO WAS HE? Pretty amazing that’s for sureHis talent for what his job was to do impressed me different but WOW like Sherman Alexis did with his memoir “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” This child Kivlighan is a PRO voice narrator GrantedI’ll admit there were definitely times that I felt this 6 year child was speaking much precocious than any six year old child I knew When I first started listening to this Paul and I were both piddling around in the yardIt was dangerous listening to “Only Child” with Paul My husband was a bad boy influenceHe started laughing Then I started laughing This ‘child’ said things that were funny but also things that we both felt no kid would ever sayNOT THE WAY HE SAID THEMbuthe was so darn adorable—I didn’t care I wasn’t far enough into the book yetto ever believe I’d find him having me cry real tears a HALF DOZEN TIMESI just LOVED HIS VOICE Plusas the story continued by now Paul was long gone this story became and REAL NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO SAY IT IS DEEPLY SAD DEVASTATING of what happened in Parkland Florida yesterday A senseless violent mass shootings— sooo horrific I can’t even wrap my mind around what the families are going through Yet I am so so sorry for the suffering the families are going through I can’t believe I was actually listening to ‘this’ story when Paul walked in the door and said “have you heard the news in Florida?” I hadn’t Fiction non fiction What to make of all this? Six year old Zack is one incredible phenomenal character MemorableThe start of this book begins with the horrific shooting at McKinley elementary The writing has our full attention instantlyLIFE CHANGED INSTANTLYAndZack’s older brother Andy was killedThe rest of this book the next 85 percent of the storytelling takes us inside the Taylor family We meet Jim Melissa Zack’s parents extended family members the gun man’s family neighbors and others in the community The largest focus is on what’s happening in the Taylor family from Zack’s perspective DURING THE LATE HOURS FROM ZACK’S BED “Pop pop pop screaming sounds were coming out of my mouth but then I heard daddy’s voice “Zack it’s ok” but I still made screaming sounds and I couldn’t help it because the gun man was back again How did he get in our houseand now he’s going to shoot us and we will be dead like Andy” The nightmares began ‘instantly’ too as soon as the Zack was back home When Zack’s grandmother Mimi went grocery shopping and brought bananas back to the house along with other items Zack was furious inside He knew that the only person in the family that like bananas was Andy Zack got so mad inside that he threw those bananas away This was just one example of how his ‘acting out’ was seen as a bother Zack became an annoyance He was in the way of the ‘adults’ being busy grieving His mother was under extreme stress — for weeks months everything was “not now Zack” Her ‘acting out’ hurt everyone around her besides herself When my own father died I was 4 years old I remember those months of neglect “stay away from mom” “Mom is too sad to have time for me” Months of neglect turned into years It was pretty painful for me reading how often Zack was left alone It was obvious to see that his mommy thought it was easier if he was just out of the way I didn’t have those words the obvious when I was 4 years old But it ‘was’ the painful truth I wasn’t included in daddy’s loss What does a 4 or 6 year old know? LISTEN TO ZACKHE KNOWS MORE THAN THE ADULTS IN HIS HOUSEI remember wanting to speak to my mother one day about missing my daddy She said “well his death was a hell of a lot harder on me than it was on you” I believed her Now I know she was wrong Loss is not a competition For awhile Zack noticed that his mom he was busy cleaning invisible messes His Daddy stayed in his office in the house all the time Zack created a hide a way spot for himself in his brothers room inside the closet It became his secret hiding place where he like to read books to his brother and talk to him The books he was reading from used to be his brothers they were adventure stories He had all 53 books to the Magic Treehouse books These books turn out to be wonderful wise inspirations about healing — but I’m jumping ahead of myself Zack’s parents were dealing with their grief differently and separately each dealing with the loss of their son in their own way NOT Effectively Zack was left to figure out how to grieve alone too His books were giving him great supportive ideas They stimulated his own creative imagination and gave him strength I was moved Howeverwhen a house is on fire not literally people IN THE HOUSE IN MAJOR CHAOS —it’s not easy for ANY book to inspire miracles Soon fighting between Zack’s parents elevated like RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSMy Godit got so darn ugly frightening to me so you might be able to image what parents screaming at each other are doing to a 6 year child There was a scene at the funeral that I related with Zack and I shared an embarrassing shameful feeling Zack was 6 I was 4Zack had an ‘accident’ in his pants I did too As children we were all dressed up and we were supposed to be big boys and girls mommy was going to have a very hard day Well pooping in your pants at the family funeral when already petrified to even LOOK INSIDE THE BOX and pooping in your pants is a hard day for a child too The author did excellent jobgetting across the damage that is done by parents to children —even if justifiably so when they are neglected ANDhow parents fighting hurts kids AND that loss is deeply felt by kids tooZack painted a ‘feelings’ painting with colors to express how he was feelingRed was for embarrassingBlack was for scaredGraygreen was for mad and angryYellow was for happy An invisible hole what’s for loneliness White was for sympathy he came up with sympathy with his dad Zack was a very special child His family experience an unbearable loss His parents had other problems bursting at the seams ‘before’ the tragic school rampage where 19 families at Zack’s school directly were affected The reality isthe families suffering from the events in Florida yesterday were also dealing with challenges ‘before’ too Author Rhiannon Navin opens our eyes to see things we have not thought about Yes — this book makes you cry — but it does other things too As uncomfortable as it was to witness the parents fighting —AGAIN AMAZING VOCAL NARRATOR—it was valuable to witness it from a CHILD’S Ears Maybe it’s a cop out when adults say “Oh children are resilient”Perhaps but are we sure? Do adults justify children’s resiliency for their own benefits? I loved this book I loved Zack’s dad I loved Zack’s teacher ANDI especially loved ZACK TAYLOR The Periodic Table of FOOTBALL production 2 television shows and 5 voice overs I was so impressed by the Kwame Alexander presence of this child’s voice honestly one of the very best VOICE OVERS I’ve listened to in my entire history of audio listeningI HAD TO LOOK THIS KID UP WHO WAS HE? Pretty amazing that’s for sureHis talent for what his job was to do impressed me different but WOW like Sherman Alexis did with his memoir “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” This child Kivlighan is a PRO voice narrator GrantedI’ll admit there were definitely times that I felt this 6 year child was speaking much The Small Bachelor precocious than any six year old child I knew When I first started listening to this Paul and I were both Mary Berrys Foolproof Cakes piddling around in the yardIt was dangerous listening to “Only Child” with Paul My husband was a bad boy influenceHe started laughing Then I started laughing This ‘child’ said things that were funny but also things that we both felt no kid would ever sayNOT THE WAY HE SAID THEMbuthe was so darn adorable—I didn’t care I wasn’t far enough into the book yetto ever believe I’d find him having me cry real tears a HALF DOZEN TIMESI just LOVED HIS VOICE Plusas the story continued by now Paul was long gone this story became and REAL NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO SAY IT IS DEEPLY SAD DEVASTATING of what happened in Parkland Florida yesterday A senseless violent mass shootings— sooo horrific I can’t even wrap my mind around what the families are going through Yet I am so so sorry for the suffering the families are going through I can’t believe I was actually listening to ‘this’ story when Paul walked in the door and said “have you heard the news in Florida?” I hadn’t Fiction non fiction What to make of all this? Six year old Zack is one incredible The Temple-Goers phenomenal character MemorableThe start of this book begins with the horrific shooting at McKinley elementary The writing has our full attention instantlyLIFE CHANGED INSTANTLYAndZack’s older brother Andy was killedThe rest of this book the next 85 Collected Poems percent of the storytelling takes us inside the Taylor family We meet Jim Melissa Zack’s Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? parents extended family members the gun man’s family neighbors and others in the community The largest focus is on what’s happening in the Taylor family from Zack’s The Tao of Jack perspective DURING THE LATE HOURS FROM ZACK’S BED “Pop Soma pop Lead the Way pop screaming sounds were coming out of my mouth but then I heard daddy’s voice “Zack it’s ok” but I still made screaming sounds and I couldn’t help it because the gun man was back again How did he get in our houseand now he’s going to shoot us and we will be dead like Andy” The nightmares began ‘instantly’ too as soon as the Zack was back home When Zack’s grandmother Mimi went grocery shopping and brought bananas back to the house along with other items Zack was furious inside He knew that the only The Rig Veda person in the family that like bananas was Andy Zack got so mad inside that he threw those bananas away This was just one example of how his ‘acting out’ was seen as a bother Zack became an annoyance He was in the way of the ‘adults’ being busy grieving His mother was under extreme stress — for weeks months everything was “not now Zack” Her ‘acting out’ hurt everyone around her besides herself When my own father died I was 4 years old I remember those months of neglect “stay away from mom” “Mom is too sad to have time for me” Months of neglect turned into years It was The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow pretty SEXUAL BORDERLANDS painful for me reading how often Zack was left alone It was obvious to see that his mommy thought it was easier if he was just out of the way I didn’t have those words the obvious when I was 4 years old But it ‘was’ the Faerie Heart painful truth I wasn’t included in daddy’s loss What does a 4 or 6 year old know? LISTEN TO ZACKHE KNOWS MORE THAN THE ADULTS IN HIS HOUSEI remember wanting to speak to my mother one day about missing my daddy She said “well his death was a hell of a lot harder on me than it was on you” I believed her Now I know she was wrong Loss is not a competition For awhile Zack noticed that his mom he was busy cleaning invisible messes His Daddy stayed in his office in the house all the time Zack created a hide a way spot for himself in his brothers room inside the closet It became his secret hiding Starlight place where he like to read books to his brother and talk to him The books he was reading from used to be his brothers they were adventure stories He had all 53 books to the Magic Treehouse books These books turn out to be wonderful wise inspirations about healing — but I’m jumping ahead of myself Zack’s The Wish Maker parents were dealing with their grief differently and separately each dealing with the loss of their son in their own way NOT Effectively Zack was left to figure out how to grieve alone too His books were giving him great supportive ideas They stimulated his own creative imagination and gave him strength I was moved Howeverwhen a house is on fire not literally Falling Like Snowflakes (Summer Harbor, people IN THE HOUSE IN MAJOR CHAOS —it’s not easy for ANY book to inspire miracles Soon fighting between Zack’s Archibald Wavell parents elevated like RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSMy Godit got so darn ugly frightening to me so you might be able to image what The Financial Lives of the Poets parents screaming at each other are doing to a 6 year child There was a scene at the funeral that I related with Zack and I shared an embarrassing shameful feeling Zack was 6 I was 4Zack had an ‘accident’ in his The Berlin-Baghdad Express pants I did too As children we were all dressed up and we were supposed to be big boys and girls mommy was going to have a very hard day Well The Temple Mount Code (Thomas Lourds, pooping in your The Deans December pants at the family funeral when already Arctic Autumn petrified to even LOOK INSIDE THE BOX and The American Century pooping in your Edward, Edward pants is a hard day for a child too The author did excellent jobgetting across the damage that is done by The Dogs of Littlefield parents to children —even if justifiably so when they are neglected ANDhow The Benefactor parents fighting hurts kids AND that loss is deeply felt by kids tooZack Tom Clancy Support and Defend painted a ‘feelings’ Picture Palace painting with colors to express how he was feelingRed was for embarrassingBlack was for scaredGraygreen was for mad and angryYellow was for happy An invisible hole what’s for loneliness White was for sympathy he came up with sympathy with his dad Zack was a very special child His family experience an unbearable loss His The Domesticated Brain parents had other The Long Valley problems bursting at the seams ‘before’ the tragic school rampage where 19 families at Zack’s school directly were affected The reality isthe families suffering from the events in Florida yesterday were also dealing with challenges ‘before’ too Author Rhiannon Navin opens our eyes to see things we have not thought about Yes — this book makes you cry — but it does other things too As uncomfortable as it was to witness the Revelation (The Protectors, parents fighting —AGAIN AMAZING VOCAL NARRATOR—it was valuable to witness it from a CHILD’S Ears Maybe it’s a cop out when adults say “Oh children are resilient”Perhaps but are we sure? Do adults justify children’s resiliency for their own benefits? I loved this book I loved Zack’s dad I loved Zack’s teacher ANDI especially loved ZACK TAYLOR

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D in a matter of minutes will have taken nineteen livesIn the aftermath of the shooting the close knit community and its families are devastated Everyone deals with the tragedy differently Zach's father absents himself; his mother pur This is heartbreaking material so timely and so relevant given the continuing horrors of school shootings An amazing read that will stay in my mind for a long time to come There are many reviews on this book but I would like to recommend my good friend Elyse's review which had me bypass so many other books that I pushed this one up the pile recommend this highly enough Believing In Faeries pur This is heartbreaking material so timely and so relevant given the continuing horrors of school shootings An amazing read that will stay in my mind for a long time to come There are many reviews on this book but I would like to recommend my good friend Elyse's review which had me bypass so many other books that I Buddho pushed this one up the The Burning Boys pile recommend this highly enough


10 thoughts on “Only Child

  1. says:

    Audiobookread by a very talented child with a growing resume by the name of Kivlighan de MontebelloKivlighan has appeared in 11 films 1 theater production 2 television shows and 5 voice overs I was so impressed by the presence of this child’s voice honestly one of the very best VOICE OVERS I’ve listened to in my entire history of audio listeningI HAD TO LOOK THIS KID UP WHO WAS HE? Pretty amazing that’s for sureHis talent for what his job was to do impressed me different but WOW like Sherman Alexis did with his memoir “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” This child Kivlighan is a PRO voice narrator GrantedI’ll admit there were definitely times that I felt this 6 year child was speaking much precocious than any six year old child I knew When I first started listening to this Paul and I were both piddling around in the yardIt was dangerous listening to “Only Child” with Paul My husband was a bad boy influenceHe started laughing Then I started laughing This ‘child’ said things that were funny but also things that we both felt no kid would ever sayNOT THE WAY HE SAID THEMbuthe was so darn adorable—I didn’t care I wasn’t far enough into the book yetto ever believe I’d find him having me cry real tears a HALF DOZEN TIMESI just LOVED HIS VOICE Plusas the story continued by now Paul was long gone this story became and REAL NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO SAY IT IS DEEPLY SAD DEVASTATING of what happened in Parkland Florida yesterday A senseless violent mass shootings— sooo horrific I can’t even wrap my mind around what the families are going through Yet I am so so sorry for the suffering the families are going through I can’t believe I was actually listening to ‘this’ story when Paul walked in the door and said “have you heard the news in Florida?” I hadn’t Fiction non fiction What to make of all this? Six year old Zack is one incredible phenomenal character MemorableThe start of this book begins with the horrific shooting at McKinley elementary The writing has our full attention instantlyLIFE CHANGED INSTANTLYAndZack’s older brother Andy was killedThe rest of this book the next 85 percent of the storytelling takes us inside the Taylor family We meet Jim Melissa Zack’s parents extended family members the gun man’s family neighbors and others in the community The largest focus is on what’s happening in the Taylor family from Zack’s perspective DURING THE LATE HOURS FROM ZACK’S BED “Pop pop pop screaming sounds were coming out of my mouth but then I heard daddy’s voice “Zack it’s ok” but I still made screaming sounds and I couldn’t help it because the gun man was back again How did he get in our houseand now he’s going to shoot us and we will be dead like Andy” The nightmares began ‘instantly’ too as soon as the Zack was back home When Zack’s grandmother Mimi went grocery shopping and brought bananas back to the house along with other items Zack was furious inside He knew that the only person in the family that like bananas was Andy Zack got so mad inside that he threw those bananas away This was just one example of how his ‘acting out’ was seen as a bother Zack became an annoyance He was in the way of the ‘adults’ being busy grieving His mother was under extreme stress — for weeks months everything was “not now Zack” Her ‘acting out’ hurt everyone around her besides herself When my own father died I was 4 years old I remember those months of neglect “stay away from mom” “Mom is too sad to have time for me” Months of neglect turned into years It was pretty painful for me reading how often Zack was left alone It was obvious to see that his mommy thought it was easier if he was just out of the way I didn’t have those words the obvious when I was 4 years old But it ‘was’ the painful truth I wasn’t included in daddy’s loss What does a 4 or 6 year old know? LISTEN TO ZACKHE KNOWS MORE THAN THE ADULTS IN HIS HOUSEI remember wanting to speak to my mother one day about missing my daddy She said “well his death was a hell of a lot harder on me than it was on you” I believed her Now I know she was wrong Loss is not a competition For awhile Zack noticed that his mom he was busy cleaning invisible messes His Daddy stayed in his office in the house all the time Zack created a hide a way spot for himself in his brothers room inside the closet It became his secret hiding place where he like to read books to his brother and talk to him The books he was reading from used to be his brothers they were adventure stories He had all 53 books to the Magic Treehouse books These books turn out to be wonderful wise inspirations about healing — but I’m jumping ahead of myself Zack’s parents were dealing with their grief differently and separately each dealing with the loss of their son in their own way NOT Effectively Zack was left to figure out how to grieve alone too His books were giving him great supportive ideas They stimulated his own creative imagination and gave him strength I was moved Howeverwhen a house is on fire not literally people IN THE HOUSE IN MAJOR CHAOS —it’s not easy for ANY book to inspire miracles Soon fighting between Zack’s parents elevated like RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSMy Godit got so darn ugly frightening to me so you might be able to image what parents screaming at each other are doing to a 6 year child There was a scene at the funeral that I related with Zack and I shared an embarrassing shameful feeling Zack was 6 I was 4Zack had an ‘accident’ in his pants I did too As children we were all dressed up and we were supposed to be big boys and girls mommy was going to have a very hard day Well pooping in your pants at the family funeral when already petrified to even LOOK INSIDE THE BOX and pooping in your pants is a hard day for a child too The author did excellent jobgetting across the damage that is done by parents to children —even if justifiably so when they are neglected ANDhow parents fighting hurts kids AND that loss is deeply felt by kids tooZack painted a ‘feelings’ painting with colors to express how he was feelingRed was for embarrassingBlack was for scaredGraygreen was for mad and angryYellow was for happy An invisible hole what’s for loneliness White was for sympathy he came up with sympathy with his dad Zack was a very special child His family experience an unbearable loss His parents had other problems bursting at the seams ‘before’ the tragic school rampage where 19 families at Zack’s school directly were affected The reality isthe families suffering from the events in Florida yesterday were also dealing with challenges ‘before’ too Author Rhiannon Navin opens our eyes to see things we have not thought about Yes — this book makes you cry — but it does other things too As uncomfortable as it was to witness the parents fighting —AGAIN AMAZING VOCAL NARRATOR—it was valuable to witness it from a CHILD’S Ears Maybe it’s a cop out when adults say “Oh children are resilient”Perhaps but are we sure? Do adults justify children’s resiliency for their own benefits? I loved this book I loved Zack’s dad I loved Zack’s teacher ANDI especially loved ZACK TAYLOR


  2. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at “Zach’s story starts on the worst day of his life and takes him on a journey no one could have expected” The book opens with six year old Zach his teacher and his classmates hiding in a closet A gunman has entered the school and they can hear shots being fired It was extremely intense; I could feel the anxiety of the characters Zach tells us how they had just come in from recess and they were about to start math lessons when the noisy pop sounds started And then Zach heard them yelling “lockdown lockdown lockdown “ They had practice lockdown drills before and Zach thought it had been fun “Lockdown meant don’t go outside like for the fire alarm but stay inside and out of sight But Zach knows this isn’t a practice drill In the closet he remains as still as he can Even though the closet is small and stuffy He can still hear the pop noises and screams coming from outside the closet “Yesterday we did all the things we do every Tuesday because we didn’t know that today a gunman was going to come” Then it’s over But in the chaos of the aftermath so much is happening Normal rules don’t apply Zach is still scared In the days that follow for Zach everything looks the same but nothing feels the same While the adults around him try to cope he finds his own way of coping He has a “secret hideout” a place he can read and lock up negative thoughts in his “brain safe” But he still has nightmares where he hears the “pop noises” over and overZack sees and hears so much of what is going on around him The adults are all trying to cope in their own ways ways that Zach doesn’t understand The adults don’t see that Zach is there listening to everything they say and doI couldn’t help but fall in love with Zach He was a wonderful narrator His feelings were so honest and at times he seemed older than his years In many ways this child had better coping skills than the adults around him And amidst all of the confusion and uncertainty this six year old boy helps starts the long process of healingIn my opinion this was a well written novel with many excellent characters Though I’ve read other books about school shootings this is the first I’ve read that is told from the perspective of a young child I think it made it even emotional It’s incredibly sad how timely this novel isAn insightful and honest read about life death loss anger guilt forgiveness and hope “Only Child” was an incredibly powerful read that will likely stay with me for a very long time I’m certainly looking forward to reading from Rhiannon NavinI'd like to thank Mantle Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review


  3. says:

    I finished this book about the effects on one family in the aftermath of a school shooting just days before the horrific school shooting in Florida What a powerful and remarkable novel The author’s decision to write from the point of view of a first grader who survived provides a brilliant and welcome perspective; one I’ve not seen in other “school shooting” fiction I’ll step onto my soapbox now and say that instead of once again just offering “thoughts and prayers” every politician should read this book and enact meaningful gun reform laws NOW And for readers while the book can be disturbing to read it is one not to be missed


  4. says:

    Once again fiction takes us into reality a reality that I wish wasn't true A school shooting taken out of our recent headlines a six year old boy named Zach survives his ten year old brother does not Our narrator is Zach his voice as he takes us into not only his feelings but those of his parents Heartbreaking for sure Am somewhat of an outlier with my rating Seems like because of the subject the young narrator that this book should garner a higher rating butI had trouble believing a six year old could reason his way through do much that Zach does from finding a way to express his feelings in colors to uniting people who are so emotionally injured I have five boys none like this at six just couldn't go there Plus though having the narrator do young does bring an emotional uotient to this read that an older child or adult wouldn't an innocence that is appealing it also made it repetitive at times and just over done at others How long can one be in the mind of a child? The message of the book is a good one reminding us that those left behind also need care but I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would It is being compared to the novel Room on the basis of the child narrator but I wasn't a fan of that book eitherMany readers have embraced this book fully I wish I could as I said it does impart a perfect message but in an imperfect in my view way ARC from Edelweiss


  5. says:

    4 timely and emotional stars to Only Child ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Review of the audio 🎧Only Child was released eight days before the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School I wasn’t sure if I was ready for this one but it came highly recommended by my friend Elyse especially the audio version which is narrated by a child a child prodigy really speaking in first person Zach becomes an “only child” when his sibling his brother Andy was killed during a school shooting Zach’s eye view is portrayed as he relays conversations between his parents the shifting dynamics of his family the interactions with the shooter’s family and so on all from Zach’s perspective I thought this was a risky choice because Zach is only 6 years old and there were perceptions and things he said that weren’t uite developmentally appropriate for even the most precocious six year old Also I think I’ve gotten used to multiple narrator stories and I only heard from Zach Those things said the risks are worth it because I think profound messages are conveyed by hearing this young voice describe how his family was affected by the tragedy of a school shooting and the loss of a sibling Another interesting choice the author made was having Adam be “troubled” not that unlike the shooter I enjoyed how she explored this dynamic within Zach and Adam’s family members and likewise in their interactions with the shooter’s family In my opinion Only Child is not a sad book It’s hopeful for there is hope in healing It’s not a tragic book rather it’s an important book because we have to keep the dialogue open in order to keep our children and communities safe


  6. says:

    This is heartbreaking material so timely and so relevant given the continuing horrors of school shootings An amazing read that will stay in my mind for a long time to come There are many reviews on this book but I would like to recommend my good friend Elyse's review which had me bypass so many other books that I pushed this one up the pile recommend this highly enough


  7. says:

    A very strong book striving to give a very private view into a child's perseption of the world Of couse I wouldn't really say that the writer got it too good how children think there are many different things that stick out Still the emotions and the family are very well written and well accentuated The small details worked great the angel charm the mother's psychological developments synestetics the books as a way to cope with the tragedy LovelyBEWARE OF SPOILERSMedicating an ODD? Gosh these people have been killing their son long before the shooter in a society approved medical wayAs for the shooter kid Charlie's son what he did to his family is beyond horrific I believe that his family was one of the most affected I cannot imagine just how paindul it is not only to lose one's kid but also to know he killed a bunch of people on his way out Awful situation “Secret hideout” I whispered into the closet “This is going to be my top secret hideout” I started to like sitting in the uiet and listening to my breathing in—air up my nose—out through my mouth with a puff in out slow now because I wasn’t really that scared any c“Grandma?”“Yes darling?”“Is Andy still there at the school?” “Andy is not at the school any” she said and she made the coughing sound a few times “Andy is up in heaven now with God God is going to take care of him for us now”“But how did he get up to heaven from the school? Did he get like zoomed up there?” cWhen I let myself think about yesterday the scared feeling came back so I tried not to let those thoughts float around in my brain any cI started to think about how it was going to be without Andy—it was going to be better at home There wouldn’t be any fighting and I was going to be the only child in the family so Mommy and Daddy could do a lot stuff with just me Like they could both come to my piano recitals and they could both stay for the whole time That never happened before—because of Andy cI don’t know what a soul looks like Mommy said it’s all your feelings and thoughts and memories and I thought maybe it looks like a bird or something with wings like the wing on the charm Miss Russell gave me I wondered if your soul still has your face when it goes up to heaven because otherwise how do the people who love you who are already in heaven know it’s your soul and find you so you’re not lonely and you can be together? c I couldn’t get the bad thoughts to go into the brain safe c“Did the gunman’s soul fly up to heaven too? Will it try to hurt Andy’s soul there?”“Oh goodness Zach no Heaven is for the souls of good people The souls of bad people go somewhere else”MOMMY GOT CHANGED into a different person at the hospital She came home after three sleeps and she looked different and acted different cMy room used to be for alone not lonely c“Did you go up to heaven or where did you go?” my brain said to Andy’s face Andy’s face disappeared “Anyway I hope you did” cI NEVER KNEW YOU COULD FEEL MORE than one feeling inside of you at the same timeEspecially feelings that are opposites I know you can feel excited but when you do what made you excited the excited feeling goes away and you feel happy because it was fun Or sad because it’s over already like right after everyone leaves from your birthday party But than one feeling at the same time right next to each other or on top of each other and all mixed up inside you? I never knew that could happen cOK so farRed—EmbarrassedGray—SadBlack—ScaredGreen—MadAngryAnd what color is for lonely? I thought that lonely had to be like a see through color so no color at all because when you’re lonely it’s like you’re invisible from other people but not invisible in a good way like a superhero but in a sad way But the piece of paper is white so how do you make a see through color on a white paper? Then I had an idea for that I got out my scissors and cut out the middle of the paper so there was like a picture frame around a rectangle of see through nothingness in the middle Lonely—see through cI thought I was also feeling happy I felt happy that I didn’t die from the gunman cI could lie down on Andy’s sleeping bag and look at the feelings Now they were separated and that made it easier to think about them cAll the people outside our house did the things they always do and I wondered if they even knew that inside our house everything was changedThe only thing from the outside that matched the inside of our house was the rain It rained and rained and it was like it was never stopping like Mommy cried and cried and she was never stopping cI started to pretend like I was in a bad dream and that I was watching myself walk around and do stuff in the dream because this was not how I wanted real life to be like cAfter breakfast today I looked at the outside world through my window and I wished I could be on that side where real life was still there At first I just saw the rain and I watched the circles the raindrops were making in the puddles on the sidewalk cI DIDN’T KNOW WHY IT’S CALLED a wake if it’s for someone who isn’t going to be awake ever again cI thought it was kind of funny I was going to wear Andy’s wake suit at Andy’s wake Not funny like you want to laugh but strange funny cMommy was holding my hand She sueezed it tighter and tighter and it got too tight but I didn’t try to pull my hand away Mommy needed to sueeze it I thought c I didn’t move from my spot by the door because I started to get to know this spot and I didn’t want to get to know anything else in the room cI thought it was the most beautiful tree I ever saw and I was happy that it was going to be right there next to Andy’s grave cI thought about how Daddy was wrong when he said Charlie didn’t get hurt because he did His son died too so his feelings were hurting about that like ours because Andy died except it was worse for Charlie because his son killed his angels and that was worse than just dead cSo maybe then if we could have tried to notice those things around us everyone would have felt happier and then we would have had no fighting c“The first secret of happiness that Jack and Annie learn from the man in Japan and it’s to make Merlin feel better It’s that you have to pay attention to the small things around you in nature”“OK Zach sweetie? I don’t know what you’re talking about right now but I have a lot of things on my mind Can we talk about this later?” cMOMMY AND DADDY made the world’s longest thunderstorm When Mommy and Daddy were in the same room right away I could feel the storm clouds starting to grow like they were getting all dark and heavy at the ceiling I know a thunderstorm happens when warm air goes up and cold air comes down and they crash together and make big clouds and the clouds make rain and lightning and thunder Well in our house it was like Mommy was the cold air and Daddy the warm air and when they crashed together they made a storm of words and yelling and cryingI got pretty good at noticing when it was about to happen and I tried to get out of there just in time Upstairs in the hideout shut the door c“You’re not having very good sympathy” I said to Mommy c I stood by the coffee table and looked at my feet because I didn’t want to look at Daddy’s new self c


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    5 STARSI'd give it 10 if i could I think sometimes you can make other people happy by letting them take care of you I Am Emotionally Destroyed I started this book and finished it within 3 hours and I couldn't stop reading it It was so much than what I was expecting and for being a debut novel this was incredible I read this for my book club and I'm so glad we chose to read itThe opening scene in this book will hit you hard Imagine An elementary school and kids are shuffled into a closet The teacher has to lock the door and tell them to continually uiet down All the kids can hear are Pop Pop Pop Some scream some get sick and some are in total shock about what's happening They've done lockdown drills before but nothing uite compares to having to do the real thingA knock on the door and it's the police they usher the kids out and into a safe place the church Zach the 6 year old that this book is narrated by is trying to take it all in as he passes people on the floor Dead Covered in Blood He just wants his Mom Dad Eventually his mom gets through to the church and gets him His Dad shows up and they start to look for Zach's brother Andy The story goes on to take us through the grieving process of a school shooting how to deal with the shooters family and how mental illness can effect even the smallest in our community our children We watch Melissa Zach's mom turn into someone completely different we watch the family start to tear apart and we watch Zach start to blame himself and take on the burden of trying to fix everything that's gone wrong He reads and comes across four secrets to happiness and he tries to use them to heal everyone Can you imagine a six year old trying to fix this truly horrific disaster? What a miraculous childThere's so much to this story than what I just wrote but I can't because I don't want to spoil anything I cried no less than 5 times while reading this book As a disclaimer I don't have kids but this devastated me and I can only imagine if you have kids this book would effect you in an even deeper way I could literally feel the emotion coming off the page through each and every character Clearly this is an emotional book so brace yourself before you read itThis book is told in the narrative voice of Zach the six year old boy and how he views all of the decisions and conversations that his family and people around him are going through I think sometimes we forget how smart children are and how their perspective of things can sometimes be the best They can help us heal and they tend to see the best in situations Does Zach go through some serious emotions? Of course He just lost his brother and his parents are fighting However he is still able to see perspective when it comes to the situation and tries to bring everyone together to make it good againIf or when I ever have kids I hope to God that I have a kid like Zach He is the kind of kid you want to raise and the kind of kid you would want when a tragedy occurs in your life As I was reading this I also kept thinking about the kids at Sandy Hook and their families I can't imagine what that day was like and I now have a tiny bit of insight and emotional empathy towards the parents who had to go through this devastation Unfortunately this book is so relevant in our society today and I hope that people read it and take action There are things we can do and we need to keep fightingWhich brings me to my last topic that was important in this novel Mental Health Again most of the school shootings happening in today's day in age are done by individuals who are getting guns in their hands who may not be mentally fit to have them We need to keep talking about this and continue to protect our children Remember School should always be a safe place for your kids Always So in remembrance of those beautiful Sandy Hook soles we lost I will continue to keep talking about this and fighting to keep our schools children etc safeEveryone should pick up this novel I think it's powerful amazing fantastic beautiful emotional relatable and strong Hats off to the author for her debut novel I will be a fan for life


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    A remarkable debut novel ripped from the much to common school shooting headlines but brilliantly told through a different perspective SUMMARYIn ONLY CHILD six year old Zack Taylor tells us a story It’s the story of how he survives a deadly shooting at his school by hiding in his classroom closet with his teacher But one of the 19 casualties was his 10 year old brother Andy Zach’s mother is utterly shocked and devastated She is on a desperate uest for justice against the shooter’s parents and has no time for Zach Zach tells us about how he felt invisible And how he made a secret hideout and surrounded himself with a picture of his brother his favorite books and some special drawings he made of his feelings He is on his own to figure out how to cope So he starts reading his Magic Tree House books and thinks he has found an answer Armed with the hope and willfulness of a child Zach attempts to help his parents find love and forgiveness again REVIEWI finished this heartbreaking book yesterday morning; but by yesterday afternoon the subject of this book became our reality once again Another school shooting in another city This one in Parkland Florida at a high school where 17 children were murdered and shattered families are left in tatters When will it end?ONLY CHILD left me in tears It’s heartbreaking because it is so real and so senseless But it’s also a beautiful story of a child’s resilience and a child’s desire to make things right With Zack as the narrator you will be instantly engrossed by his telling of the pops he heard while hiding in the closest You will marvel at the way he described his feelings with colors and you will uickly fall in love with this six year old’s huge heart RHIANNON NAVIN’s debut novel is stellar The characters are as real as a book can get and the writing is impeccable While the subject matter may be difficult to read it’s fascinating and perhaps even valuable to understand it from the mind of a child who is also a survivor and a sibling of one that is lost forever I listened to the Audible version of this book which made it all the real The narrator Kivlighan de Montebello was endearing


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    Let me just start by saying my only regret is not listening to the audiobook version of this because I’ve seen so many people rave about how incredible the young boy who narrates does I read a physical copy and still was floored with emotion while reading This is not an exaggeration I was fully holding back tears and in need of tissues the entire time I read this book And it hit me uite early on Of course right from the start we are in the closet with Zach and his class while a shooter is in their elementary schoolIn this day and age it's impossible to not be aware of the mass shootings that occur It's scary to live in a world where we have to be afraid to go to the movies a concert or fuckjust go to school and get an education I'm sure this is something we can all agree on One of the most recent school shootings was at a high school in my home county my mom works at the elementary school nearby My heart sank It's heartbreaking no matter if you have a connection to the school or place in which the shooting occurred or notRegardless this book broke my heart It's not something I expected to happen But damnI found myself recommending it to anyone I could on the plane I was on That's how you know you've read a good book when you can't help but to try and put it in everyone and anyone's hands you canThis story is narrated entirely by the six year old Zach Taylor He hid in the closet with his first grade class while a shooter takes nineteen lives I don't want to ruin anything at all The only other plot details you should know is Zach's mom is hellbent on holding the shooter's parents responsible for his actions Besides this just read the book You should be prepared to feel emotionalIt is really something to see these events through the mind of a child as he tries to understand what happened and why Zach tries to make sense of his mom's uest for justice In fact it may have been powerful having this book told from a child's perspective Such an important read