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‘Only Child’ Author Rhiannon Navin on School Shootings, Family and Grief

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I loved Only Child, the debut novel from Rhiannon Navin, written from the perspective of a first grader, Zach, who experiences a school shooting. The writing pulled me in so much, I couldn’t put down the book until I finished; I think about the characters and how they dealt with tragedy and loss everyday, and I see the value of empathy now more than ever. I felt hesitant when I was ready to pick up my copy – we as a country are experiencing the aftermath of a school shooting once again and emotions are difficult to keep in check when thinking about the minute by minute experience of the kids during the occurrence, so I was not sure I was…

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When Books Aren’t Enough: How a Teacher Tries to Make Sense of School Shootings

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The Florida legislature is debating measures to protect schools from having to deal with the same tragedy as the school in Parkland faced last month.  A number of both common sense and controversial proposals have been floating around, from both sides of the aisle, on how to properly address the issue of gun violence, school safety and whether or not we are in a crisis of our own making or not. BookTrib Contributor Rachel Carter is also an educator who has firsthand knowledge and perspective about what is now our children’s biggest fear: bullets replacing books. Here, Rachel writes about her concerns, those of students and how with so many books out there about talking with kids about tragedy, grief…

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