Only Child (Paperback)
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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
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A Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2018.

Compelling, compassionate and powerful, Rhiannon Navin's Only Child is the most heartfelt book you'll read this year.

We all went to school that Tuesday like normal. Not all of us came home.

When the unthinkable happens, six-year-old Zach is at school. Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, he is too young to understand that life will never be the same again.

Afterwards, the once close-knit community is left reeling. Zach's dad retreats. His mum sets out to seek revenge. Zach, scared, lost and confused, disappears into his super-secret hideout to try to make sense of things. Nothing feels right - until he listens to his heart . . .

But can he remind the grown-ups how to love again?

Narrated by Zach, Only Child is full of heart; a real rollercoaster of a read that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.

'Captivating . . . Will appeal to fans of Room, The Lovely Bones and The Fault in Our Stars' - Independent

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509855605
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Captivating . . . Will appeal to fans of Room, The Lovely Bones and The Fault in Our Stars * Independent *
Authentic and moving * Irish Times *
Grab hold of the tissues for a heartbreaking read that's full of compassion and insight * Woman & Home *
An emotional, heart-wrenching read for fans of We Need To Talk About Kevin * The Pool *
Heart-wrenching and intelligent, and so very moving and insightful about a family in crisis -- Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You
Powerful . . . Will appeal to fans of Emma Donoghue's Room * Good Housekeeping *
Completely felled me . . . Brilliantly heartbreaking -- Lucy Diamond
Sinks its hooks into you from the very first sentence * Marie Claire (US) *
An amazing voice . . . Powerful and wise and healing -- Rachael Lucas, author of Wildflower Bay
Devastating. Unsentimental. Honest. Beautiful. Everyone should read -- Penny Hancock, author of Tideline
Zach, at only 6 years old, understands more about the human heart than the broken adults around him. His hope and optimism . . . will have every reader cheering him on, and believing in happy endings even in the face of tragedy -- Washington Post
An astonishing debut * Publishers Weekly *
Powerful . . . A careful examination of the way one boy and his parents, and their community, struggle to survive - and stay together - after the worst has happened * USA Today *
Told in the surprisingly mature voice of an unforgettable little boy, this tender novel about healing and family will tug at your heartstrings * Sunday Post *
Outstanding -- Harlan Coben
Heart-wrenching . . . [An] important and timely book * Booklist *
Innocence trumps violence -- Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair
Like Emma Donoghue's Room, Navin's debut takes the risk of narrating a modern tragedy in the voice of a very young player . . . A powerful exercise in empathy and perspective * Kirkus *
Hotly anticipated * Glamour *
Heartbreaking * The Sun Chronicle *
Through Zach's eyes, we watch a mother become consumed by her anger, and a father begin to retreat . . . Zach embarks on a mission to ease his parents' sadness, though the reader knows that only time can do that . . . Sweetly rendered * NY Times *

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“A heartbreaking read”

An absolutely heartbreaking book about a school shooting and its aftermath all from the point of view of a 6-year-old boy, Zach. Zach survives the shooting, huddled in a classroom cupboard with his classmates, but his... More

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“Only Child”

Six-year-old Zach Taylor’s story starts on the worst day of his life, a day when a lone gunman bursts into his elementary school and kills nineteen people, both staff and students. Zach survives the attack by hiding... More

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“Emotional & breathtaking debut”

It says this maybe the most powerful book you'll read this year................. and I completely agree.

How the author has written this horrific life changing event. from a 7 year olds point of view, is... More

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