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 spectre of trauma and death looms larger than ever.
Will Munro learn how to silence the voice? Or will the Coyote ultimately triumph?
"A great tale about friendship and open-mindedness, and accepting differences in others." Susin Nielsen, award winning author of Optimists Die First
"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." Eileen Cook, bestselling author of With Malice