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Gracie and Josh launch

Gracie and Josh

Gracie and Josh

Susanne Gervay and Serena Gedde’s beautiful children’s book Gracie and Josh was launched on the Labor Day long weekend in the Richmond Library’s children’s section.

Paul Collins of Ford Street Publishing acted as MC, introducing Hazel Edwards as guest speaker who launched Gracie and Josh, Susanne and Serena and finally Kathryn Norton from Variety who talked about the value of the book for children and families experiencing cancer.

The launch is available in MP4 (video) and MP3 (audio only) below.

Even the reviews bring a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye.

From Susanne’s website:

Gracie and Josh is a book about sticking together — through good and bad. It is about unconditional love and support, about resilience and about never giving up. It is a book that will make you turn to your family members and hug them. It is a book that you won’t easily forget. – BUZZ WORDS MAGAZINE Reviewed by Francine Sculli

A sweet telling of siblings loving each other, enjoying each other, and rising above what life throws at them. Children’s Book Council Australia, Rachel Greenwood Editor It is a story which shows both the joys of being a kid as well as their vulnerability and confusion when confronted with tough stuff, and how the special relationship between siblings is so critical. As much as Gracie is there for Josh, he is there for Gracie.  – Barbara Braxton Teacher Librarian M.Ed. (TL); M.App.Sci. (TL); M.I.S. (Children’s Services)

It isn’t often—if ever—that a picture book has the power to bring a lump to my throat. This one did it for me. Endorsed by Variety the children’s charity, Gracie and Josh is not a story about fighting a life-threatening disease; it’s a story about life and living — and milking every drop from every minute we have been given. This is a profound lesson for us all. Sadly, the world is filled with children like Gracie and Josh. Every one of them is undoubtedly a hero. – PIO reviewer Jenny Mounfield

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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