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Munro vs. the Coyote
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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...
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...
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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 triump

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  • Darren Groth is the author of several novels, including the acclaimed YA works Are You Seeing Me? and Munro vs. the Coyote. He was the winner of the 2016 Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Fiction and has been a finalist for numerous other prestigious prizes, including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the CBCA Book of the Year. Darren is a former special-education teacher and the proud father of a son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He lives in Delta, British Columbia.

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2017

    Gr 10 Up-When Canadian teenager Munro decides to participate in a student exchange program in Australia, he brings along an unwanted, omnipresent guest-the "Coyote." Coyote unhelpfully chimes in whenever Munro begins to believe he has regained some sort of clarity and happiness after the unexpected death of his little sister, Evie. As Munro begins a volunteer program at Fair Go, an assisted-living facility for adults with special needs, he finds a deeper purpose and conviction. Coyote, however, still does his best to waylay the teen's intentions and cast doubt-is Munro directly responsible for Evie's death? Can he forgive himself, if so? As the protagonist grapples with these questions, he is treated to a fascinating tour of Brisbane, Australia, through the eyes of a group of individuals from Fair Go. Munro is a likable character, foibles and all-many teens will relate to his challenges and the underlying issues of guilt and mental illness. Groth's realistic novel is a can't-put-it-down read. Young adults will root for Munro to defeat Coyote and find peace. The mature language often borders on distraction, but most readers will find Munro's coping with death fascinating and relevant. VERDICT Recommended for fans of The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and Winger by Andrew Smith; this book will fly off the shelves.-Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    August 1, 2017
    Groth, a former special education teacher, introduces readers to a sympathetic main character who is trying to move through trauma and to a sparkling supporting cast that gives voice to disability. White Canadian 16-year-old Munro Maddux is trying to free himself from the Coyote, which is what he calls the thoughts in his head that constantly remind him of all his failings--in particular, how he failed to save his 13-year-old sister, Evie, who had Down syndrome and a heart defect, from dying the year before. A student exchange program to Australia is just the ticket toward healing, and Munro hopes that when he returns home he'll have left the Coyote Down Under. As he gets to know his host family and starts volunteering at Fair Go Community Village, connecting with its special needs residents, his plan seems to be working. But is the Coyote gone or just prowling? Readers may find Munro's journey and character development awfully linear, but his first-person narration is strong (both sassy and heart-wrenching) and the thoughtful handling of trauma and difference, both genuine and relevant. Characters that will steal readers' hearts with their humor and resilience, smooth writing, and a satisfying and hopeful ending make this a book to enjoy both emotionally and critically. (Fiction. 12-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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