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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Shawn was mischievous and he always played pranks on his brother and sister. They couldn't wait for him to leave the house. He would change the channel when they watched TV, yank the remote out of their hands, and scare and threaten them. He was smart and always wore the designer kind of ripped jeans with pride. He flipped through the channels as if he was the king of the T.V. Kingdom with his feet on top of the coffee table. They yelled, 'Go away, Shawn!' all the time. Things changed when he actually did go away. Shawn had an accident and it has been four years since he has even spoken a word. His family never actually wished for him to go away like this. Written from the perspective of Shawn's sister, the story gives readers glimpses of how exactly Shawn was and how he ended up being silent.
Go Away, Shawn! by Dawn Doig is the heartrending story of Shawn who has been in a vegetative state after an accident and, instead of always wishing him to go away like before, his sister keeps wishing for him to come back. The illustrations capture the mood of the story and characters and give glimpses of Shawn's bullying behavior. The story also brings out his gentle and kind side in many places. It's a beautiful story of love and forgiveness and will bring tears to the eyes of readers. The story connects with all readers who are grieving and who have experienced the loss of a loved one.