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Munro vs. the Coyote
By author: Darren Groth
Selling Points: loss, grief, healing, Australia, romance, Down syndrome, autism spectrum
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/17/2017
Pages: 288
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $19.95
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Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there's a taunting, barking, biting voice he calls "the Coyote." Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Brisbane he intends to move beyond his troubled past. It is there, at an assisted living residence called Fair Go Community Village, that Munro discovers the Coyote can be silenced.
   Munro volunteers as a "Living Partner" and gets to know the team of residents he is assigned to. The burden Munro carries, however, is not so easily cast aside. When one of the team makes the decision to leave, the Coyote gets a new life. When a second resident is taken away, the specter of trauma and death looms larger than ever.
   Will Munro learn how to silence the voice? Or will the Coyote ultimately triumph?
Eileen Cook, bestselling author of With Malic - April 25, 2017
"A celebration of all that makes us weird, wonderful, and unique. Groth creates characters who learn resilience in the face of grief and discrimination and does it with the perfect balance of humour and heart."
The Ormsby Review - April 14, 2017
"In addition to some laugh-out-loud humour, this page-turner has some heart-wrenching moments...It is a richly layered book about love, the tenacity of the human spirit, and our capacity to mend. Darren Groth is a brilliant storyteller...This book was a delight to review."


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