The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

By Dan Gemeinhart,

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Five years. That's how long twelve-year-old Coyote and her dad, River, 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.

Coyote hasn't been home since, but when she learns that the park in her…

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6 authors picked The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I adored every single character in this book. Dan Gemeinhart is a master at pulling readers in by creating characters you want to spend time with and miss when you turn to its final page.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is a joyful journey of grief. Coyote and her dad have been traveling the American countryside in a refurbished school bus far from the tragedy of a car accident that killed Coyote's mother and two sisters. Expect to learn about resilience, bravery, and the necessity of facing hard emotions we’d rather outrun.

So I'll admit, this book isn't a series. I only include it here because it should be, and apparently, Dan Gemeinhart is working on a sequel! We need more Coyote!

I have never seen anyone with this book that wasn't laughing or crying—or laugh-crying. I do not doubt that Coyote's odyssey with her father Rodeo and the many misfits they encounter along the way will become one of your favorite books. Plus, Gladys, the goat, could carry her own series by herself!

From Taylor's list on middle grade series to laugh out-loud.

Coyote and Rodeo, her dad, travel the country in a converted school bus. Coyote is strong. You can tell that from one of the first scenes when she stamps out a lit cigarette with her bare foot. But she’s also got a loving heart.

You can tell that by how she interacts with Ivan, a cat she adopts in the first chapter. She and her dad are on the move because of a family tragedy–a tragedy that her dad isn’t ready to face. But Coyote has a plan and she is ready to see it through... despite how hard it…

From Maura's list on kids who make it through tough times.

One of the best children’s books I’ve read in the past few years, this book takes the reader on a remarkable journey along with the finely-drawn characters. I’m a big fan of books that include misfit travelers who become family, and this novel has a great cast of them. The main character Coyote learns that going home can be a grueling journey after the grief of losing a loved one, but that it can be a worthwhile and healing trip.

In my own life experiences: my dad and stepmom Annette built a fairy-tale log cabin with their own hands, and…

Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, live in a school bus – which is pretty fascinating in itself. Who hasn’t dreamed of escaping to a simple life on the road every now and then? What makes this story even better though is the rich, quirky characters and how each deal with grief in their own way. A beautiful family adventure.

From Terry's list on featuring an adventurous journey.

This story resonated with me because I grew up traveling the country and spent time living in a renovated school bus. But even if you didn’t experience a transient childhood, you’ll still appreciate Coyote’s adventures and especially the warm and loving relationship she has with her father, Rodeo. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that Coyote and Rodeo aren’t traveling for the fun of it so much as they are trying to run away from the pain of losing Coyote’s mother and sisters. This story is full of marvelous characters that pulled me in, kept me reading, and guaranteed…

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