Book in­spires you to Shine

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.face­­wardAuthor or fol­low her on twit­ter.



Jus­tine Ed­ward at the book launch, and (inset) Karl Gabriel the il­lus­tra­tor of ‘Shine’

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