The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, by Dan Gemeinhart

Written by Dan Gemeinhart

Five years.

That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation.

It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.

Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished―the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box―she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it.

Along the way, they’ll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there’s Gladys…

Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all…but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.”

I loved this story and I think kids will enjoy it too. Gemeinhart has a natural way with characters…making them believable, relatable and engaging. Students who like realistic fiction or family stories will enjoy this book. But especially kids who like books that make you laugh and cry will be telling all their friends to read this one.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-6

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
Written by Dan Gemeinhart
Henry Holt and Company
344 pages
Release Date: January 8, 2019
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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