“Only Child” has been chosen as the featured book for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2019 CommunityREAD.

The book’s author, Rhiannon Navin, will visit Findlay on March 28 to give a public presentation at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

“Only Child” is a heartbreaking yet hopeful debut fiction novel about grief, healing, family and the wisdom of children, narrated by a 6-year-old boy.

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 19 lives and irrevocably changing the fabric of a close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, Zach retreats into his secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could possess, he sets out on a journey toward 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.

Navin grew up in Bremen, Germany, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in advertising. She now lives outside of the city with her husband, three children and two cats.

Copies of “Only Child” are available for loan at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and will be provided to area school libraries. Tickets for the March 28 event are $10 and will be available Jan. 7 at MCPA’s ticket office or at marathoncenterarts.org.

CommunityREAD is a month-long community event that encourages reading and promotes the benefits of literacy. A different book is chosen and read by community members during the month of March each year, and various events are planned throughout the month at the library and throughout the community.

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