Author: Rhiannon Navin
"Couldn't stop turning the pages…"
I found Only Child a raw heartbreaking story, but so extremely well written that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It brings it home to me all the real-life shooting in schools that we see on the news and in the papers. The Only Child is narrated by six-year old Zac. Miss Russell did what most teachers would do she hid all of the class from a crazy gun man shooting children at the school. Zac had lost his brother Andy in the shooting. To make this tragedy more heartbreaking it was someone that the small close-knit community was someone that they all knew who shot 19 dead at the school. Just like most parents Zach’s parents found the grieving hard to deal with. Jim, Zach’s dad has kept a dark secret of his own which Zach only finds out when he learns that another boy who Zach knew was shot and died too. I recommend Only Child even though this story is heartbreaking about a gun man shooting in a school as it will take you on a journey through a family in crisis and how they deal with It. I’m sorry but I can’t guarantee that you won’t cry, but very much worth reading.