A tough, funny, touching story of the echoes left behind by tragedy and the bonds carried forward by healing.
Since the death of his sister, Evie, Munro Maddux has been stuck.
Flashbacks. Anger. Chest pains. A constant ache in his right hand. And a taunting voice he calls the Coyote. In an act of desperation, Munro heads off on a student exchange to Australia – the country of Evie’s dreams.
Forced by his new school to join a volunteer program, Munro discovers the Coyote is silenced in one place: Fair Go, an assisted-living residence in Brisbane’s west. Munro gets to know his team of residents: designer Bernie; sleeping refugee Shah; would-be wedded couple Blake and Dale; comic creator Iggy; and self-defence tutor Florence. As this unlikely group shows Munro the sights, Munro’s notion of what it means to be a big brother begins to change.
But the burden Munro carries is not so easily cast aside. Will the Coyote triumph? Or can Munro find the fortitude necessary to mend his heart?
'Funny-sad, authentic and uplifting. Groth is a writer who can pivot from heartbreak to humour without missing a beat' – Vikki Wakefield, author of All I Ever Wanted
Format & Editions
July 31, 2017
Random House Australia Children's
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