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Ever since her mother and sisters were killed in an accident, 12-year-old Coyote Sunrise and her father Rodeo have been living on the road in a converted school bus named Yager. When Coyote learns that a park, where she and her mother and sisters once buried a memory box, is about to be demolished, she is determined to return to their hometown for the first time in five years in order to retrieve the box before it’s lost forever. The only problem? The prospect of returning to the scene of their painful past is a “no-go” for Rodeo. Can Coyote trick her father into driving cross-country from Florida to Washington before it’s too late? A colorful cast of characters (and critters) join the journey along the way and help Coyote in reaching her goal. This book is a rich mixture of humor, sadness, adventure, warmth, friendship, and family. I enjoyed the ride.
Reviewed by Mr. Gregg
Another one of those stories you wish wouldn’t end. I loved the cast of characters. The story was sweet and mostly realistic. Funny in places and of course bittersweet. This book is great for fans of realistic fic that makes them cry a little.
This book is so, so good. You might pick it up, thinking it's going to be yet another tween read, but by the end you'll definitely be teary! Coyote's voice was so real, I almost felt like she herself had written it! This book paints a vivid picture in your mind and has a diverse cast of characters. I recommend it to everyone!
The core of this story is a father and daughter reeling from the death of their mother/wife and sisters/daughters. The positive message is that they need to face the grieving process to move forward. The less positive: Coyote and Rodeo play fast and lose with the law/police during several scenes and don't think about the fact that they have POC along for the ride. A simple acknowledgement that what they are doing can put those lives at risk and asking those folks if they are willing in light of the situation would have been a teaching opportunity for readers and given the marginalized characters more agency in the action of the novel.
This book is remarkable! A wonderful adventure with great traveling companions and an emotional journey as well. I can't recommend it highly enough.
One of my top 10 of 2019. Beautiful examination of grief and the perspective of kids who take care of their parents. I connected a lot with Coyote. The writing style sounds so much like how a 12-year-old talks and is so heartfelt and earnest. I love this book. I can't wait to read other things by this author.
This author has done it again. I could not stop listening to Coyote's story. This is a great road trip story and is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.
This was a suspenseful, touching story that I recommend to all readers who like adventure, mystery, and strong friendships!
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is filled with hope, happiness and sorrow.
Coyote is a twelve year old girl who lives in a school bus with her dad Rodeo and later a cat named Ivan. When Coyote learns that a park in Poplin Springs, where she was raised for seven years, is about to be torn down, she tricks her dad to go there.
Coyote buried a memory box with her mom and sisters under a tree and wants to retrieve it. This is understandable since the memory box was buried before her mom and sisters died in a car accident. Coyote has to trick Rodeo to drive her there because it's to painful for Rodeo to return.
Coyote makes lots of friends on the way to Poplin Springs and everything is going smoothly until Rodeo finds out he is being tricked. Coyote convinces Rodeo to continue to drive to Poplin Springs and everything is back on track until a policeman stops them.
One of the passengers, Val, is seventeen, under age. Val claimed she was nineteen, so they let her onto the bus but the policeman doesn't know that so he arrests Rodeo and tells Val to follow him.
He leaves Coyote, Salvador and Lester, two other passengers, on the bus by themselves. Coyote knows how to drive so she drives to Poplin Springs, dodges the police and retrieves the memory box. Rodeo is freed from the police so Coyote and Rodeo get in the bus and drive of to a new adventure.
Coyote said "There are lots of happy things in the world and sad things". That's truer for Coyote than for anyone else in the world as she has experienced more than her share of happiness and sorrow.
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise truly is remarkable.
Loved so many things about this road trip story. The cover and the title caught my attention immediately and I was thrilled to find an ARC on NetGalley. The story of Coyote and Rodeo unfolds for us as we travel with them cross country. There is a kitten early in the book and a goat later. Their old bus, Yager, has transported them away from their home and they continue to wander until Coyote is told of an event in their hometown that draws her back. She manages to get them driving in the right direction and they pick up a diverse group of travelers on their way. Will Coyote get to the finish line in time? You might need some tissues to finish this new book. Recommended for fifth grade and up.
Coyote Sunrise and her dad, Rodeo, have been on the road in a converted school bus for five years. When Coyote finds out the park in her home town is being destroyed, she wants to return to save the memory box her mom and sisters buried before they died in a car accident. The two make an unforgettable 3,600 mile journey across the U.S. in this touching family story of loss, new beginnings and friendship. Readers can also enjoy the collection of books Coyote reads along the way.
Katherine Applegate, acclaimed author of The One and Only Ivan and Wishtree, calls The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise "Dan Gemeinhart’s finest book yet — and that’s saying something."