Book inspires you to Shine
PORT Douglas State Primary School teacher Justine Edward has ventured into the world of children’s books, with her first publication Shine inspiring young and old.
What sets Shine apart is the beautiful images illustrated by 7-year-old Karl Gabriel, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was three.
Ms Edward said Karl was the inspiration behind the book, after she had been speaking with his mum and learning of the challenges he faced.
‘‘I want people to read the book and see what an amazing child he is,’’ she said.
‘‘People make judgments and don’t see people for who they are. Realising their strengths and our own strengths is something we all need to do.
‘‘My catchphrase is ‘Believe in yourself and anything is possible’ and that’s what I want people to get from the book, I want people to be empowered by it, to be inspired.’’
Responses and reviews of the book have all been very positive from both children and adults, inspired by the book full of positive affirmations, especially from Karl who enjoyed seeing his pictures published.
‘‘Karl loves to read and when he got the book he read the title, author and illustrator and he loved knowing they were his pictures and reading his own name,’’ Ms Edward said.
‘‘It’s something he can always have and I hope it will inspire him to know what he is capable of.’’
Ms Edward has completed several other manuscripts, ready to be published and is working on a new novel called Princesses don’t belong in the Jungle, with the ‘‘n’t’’ crossed out, proving that anyone can do what they want regardless of what others think.
Grab your copy of Shine at Whileaway Book store in Port Douglas and for more information go to www.facebook.com/JustineEdwardAuthor or follow her on twitter.
Justine Edward at the book launch, and (inset) Karl Gabriel the illustrator of ‘Shine’