Gary received Honours in the category Book of the Year: Early Childhood and I agree that it totally deserves to be mentioned. The winner, Go Home, Cheeky Animals! and Gary couldn’t be any more different, both telling unique and engaging stories but their illustrations completely opposite.
Munro is a teenage boy struggling to come to terms with the death of his sister Evie, who had always dreamed of going to Australia. Munro is plagued by the coyote (a tormenting voice in his head), pain, flashbacks, and anger and feels that if he can fulfill Evie’s wish and go to Australia as an exchange student that everything will be ok.
“My name is Malory, I’m 8 years old and I have ADHA. ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It can mean different things for different kids. My mom says that it’s part of what makes me special. She says because of it, I am unique. Being unique means that you are one of a kind. That doesn’t mean I’m alone though”
The book was positive and encouraging to the reader to assess their unique qualities. What stood out to me the most was that the author does not point out differences in people but highlights that everyone in life is good at different things.