- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (January 8, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250196701
- ISBN-13: 978-1250196705
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Coyote's bold, engaging voice pops off the page...Gemeinhart infuses the story with moments of lyrical writing and folksy wisdom served up with a dollop of girl power." ―The New York Times
"The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise will add to [Gemeinhart's] canon and could possibly garner a few awards. This is not just a story about Coyote’s remarkable journey―this novel solidifies Gemeinhart as a remarkable children’s author." ―BookPage
“Narrator Coyote is legendary: wise, thoughtful, and perceptive…The narrative is beautifully paced and ranges easily from comic to bittersweet.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Sincere friendships, inventive obstacles, and emotional depth propel the cross-country trip as the winning protagonist stakes a claim for her future by reclaiming the past.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Every mile of the road trip inexorably brings Coyote closer to confronting her past, and its inevitable sadness, but Gemeinhart avoids any sense of mawkishness. He tempers Coyote’s grief with her triumphant growth from a girl whose sole purpose is keeping her father on an even keel to one who realizes that she alone must find, and even fight for, her own happiness.” ―Horn Book
About the Author
Dan Gemeinhart is a former elementary-school teacher-librarian and lifelong book nerd. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a small town in Washington State. He's the author of some other books, too: The Honest Truth, Some Kind of Courage, Scar Island, and Good Dog. If he ever meets you, he'd love to talk about books with you.
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I have been reading some good middle-grade for Middle-Grade March, and this was my next to last. Honestly, I hate that I waited all month to read it, but also happy I went out with a BANG because this book was everything I had been waiting for in a book. EVERYTHING!
Ok, so here's what it's about:
After the death of her two sisters and mother, Coyote and her dad, Rodeo abandoned their real names and their life in WA for a life on the road aboard a refitted school bus. When Coyote discovers that her childhood park is going to be torn up, and the memory box she buried with her sisters and mother lost forever, she embarks on a journey home from somewhere in Florida. Along the way, they pick up some travelers: Lester, who is going to see his girlfriend in Idaho, Salvador and his mom who are trying to get to the midwest for a new life, and Val, who is heading toward Seattle after being kicked out of her home for being gay. Along with a cat named Ivan and eventually, a goat named Gladys, they all find themselves caught up in Coyote's mission to come face to face with her tragic past.
First off, Coyote's voice is just amazing. She is confident and sassy and caring and everything I love in a protagonist. Her dad, Rodeo is equally as amazing which made this duo one I would follow to the ends of the world. The cast of colorful characters they meet add so much to the story that I could not put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen lest I fall over and die from agony. Normally, I am not very vocal when I am reading, but I found myself uttering a few ohs and ahs as I was reading and even grabbed myself some tissues.
Because I was peeling onions, of course. Geez
So, after I finished this book, I went on ahead and bought the entire library of Dan's. I might go on ahead and say that this was the nest book I have read in 2019.
Buy it. Borrow it. Whatever you have to do. If you want a quirky, heartbreaking, yet happy middle-grade, this is the one.
"Good morning," I said, and while those words are technically nice words I said them so cold you coulda stirred 'em into a glass of milk and made ice cream.
"The eggs already broken, so we may as well enjoy the omelette."
Solid 5 star read for me. Have tissues handy.
Dan Gemeinhart (THE HONEST TRUTH, GOOD DOG), has done it again: he's created a story that will bring laughter and tears and, ultimately, find a warm spot in your heart. Highly recommended for all readers (boys and girls) ages 8+.