Exchange of Heart

Exchange of Heart

By  Darren Groth

A tough, funny, touching story of the echoes left behind by tragedy and the bonds carried forward by healing.

Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Munro Maddux has been stuck. Flashbacks. Anger. Chest pains. And a voice – taunting, barking, biting – that his counsellor calls ‘the Coyote’. Munro knows a student exchange will not be the stuff of Disney movies. But in Australia he intends to move beyond his troubled past.

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, where Munro gets to know his team of residents: dogged 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, and unexpected developments at Fair Go prompt a devastating flashback that threatens to end the student exchange. Will the Coyote ultimately 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

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9780143781578

July 31, 2017

Random House Australia Children's

RRP $19.99

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9780143781561

July 31, 2017

RHA eBooks Child

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