Only Child

Only Child

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781524733360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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MillieBT
Apr 15, 2018

Book tells the heartbreaking story of a school shooting and the aftermath through the eyes
of a seven year old boy Zach Taylor....an emotional read

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MaureenWilliamson
Apr 06, 2018

Wow! What a fantastic book. Be sure to have Kleenex nearby - you’re going to need it.

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Eil_1
Mar 31, 2018

A compelling and touching story of how a family deals with death. Zach brings his character and that of his family to life through his dialogue. I personally didn't see the need for Dad to have had an affair. It didn't fit in with the overall plot. I would definitely recommend it; however, I don't know if its audience would be especially male-oriented.

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athena14
Mar 20, 2018

I would have rated it higher, but for the happy ending. I didn't believe it.

ontherideau Mar 16, 2018

A school shooting told through the eyes of a loving, forgiving child. The author writes with sensitivity and understanding. The ripple effect through families, communities and generations is inconceivable.
May school shootings be a tragic part of history, never to be heard of again.

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mjk236sb
Mar 16, 2018

Excellent book. Tells a story that has occurred too many times in our country - the results of a school shooting. Told by the surviving brother in a family about how they deal with this horrible situation. Loved the understanding and sympathy that was shown by this young person for the parents of the shooter, who were known by everyone in the school. So sad for everyone. This little boy had a wisdom beyond his years. We should always remember those who were left no matter what their age. Just a beautiful story.

debwalker Feb 27, 2018

All too timely. A school shooting and its aftermath through the eyes of a 6 year old survivor.

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ronandlynda
Feb 26, 2018

Listed on People Magazine's Best New Books Feb 2018

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bjb0777
Feb 17, 2018

Read this just after latest Florida shooting. Could not put it down..portrayals of family were so great...hard to read...but...

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pharra19
Feb 09, 2018

What an amazing book!
The gut wrenching story of a family trying to cope with an unimaginable loss, told through the eyes of a six-year-old boy.
I couldn`t put it down!

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Eil_1
Mar 31, 2018

Eil_1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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