Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Munro vs. the Coyote
Publish November 14, 2017
Haunted by the voice of Coyote since the unexpected death of his sister Evie, 16-year-old Munro embarks on a semester abroad to Australia to leave Coyote behind. The physical distance from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia isn’t enough as Munro continues to hear Coyote’s whispers that he could have done more to save his sister, and, as a result, he is plagued with visions of the day she died. A school volunteering requirement challenges Munro to confront his grief by putting him in the last place he wants to be: Fair Go Community (a place where special-needs people like his sister Evie live).
YA author of Governor General nominated Are You Seeing Me?, Darren Groth explores the impacts of traumatic events and loss in his latest novel, Munro vs. the Coyote. Evie’s death from a complication related to her Down Syndrome changes Munro’s life. Despite the serious themes Munro is facing, Groth keeps his wit intact and writes about a young man earnestly trying to survive the death of his sister.
Volunteering as a Living Partner at Fair Go introduces Munro to a memorable cast of characters (and even appearances from a Groth favourite), highlighting the ability of those considered to have special-needs to lead full, productive lives, while also revealing that everyone has their own challenges to face.
With help from his new friends, Munro’s journey through his grief isn’t easy or simple, but its authenticity keeps the pages turning and readers rooting for Munro till the very end.
An avid promoter of Canadian teen fiction, Amy Mathers completed the Marathon of Books in 2014. The money she raised allowed the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to fund the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. She also reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News and writes a monthly article for the CCBC e-newsletter.
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