Juleus Ghunta is a Chevening Scholar, poet, and an advocate in the Caribbean’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) movement, where his work explores the links between toxic stress and academic underachievement. His poems and essays on ACEs have appeared in more than 30 journals across 15 countries. He also wrote the picture book Tata and the Big Bad Bull and is the co-editor of the issues of Interviewing the Caribbean Journal (The UWI Press) focused on children’s literature and ACEs in the Caribbean. Sinister Shadows haunts Rohan Bullkin, fueling his fear of reading. He hates books so much, he often rips their pages. But when the Shadows become intolerable, Rohan accepts an offer of friendship from a special book. It’s the beginning of a remarkable journey during which he not only learns how to conquer Shadows, but also develops a love of books and life. Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows: A Story about ACEs and Hope (Cas), illustrated by Rachel Moss, aims to help children and adults to explore their ACEs and help others develop a deeper understanding of the symptoms of toxic stress and how they can help those who need support.