- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt (BYR) (8 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250196701
- ISBN-13: 978-1250196705
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.2 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Customer Reviews: 145 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Hardcover – 8 January 2019
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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+.
I preordered and it arrived on release day. I read it in one night...and look forward to rereading it all over again.
The character Coyote is on a journey...literally and figuratively with her father, Rodeo.
Without giving away the story, eclectic characters are added on their journey on the school bus that is their home and become interwoven into the mix. All of whom are on their own paths and facing their own struggles.
I cried so much I had to put the book down. And not just once. But I also laughed so hard...at parts of the book that involved the characters of the cat named Ivan (yes, after Katherine Applegate’s beloved character) and a goat.
Thank you, Dan! Thank you!
Without giving away the ending, I was bawling my eyes out and read the book in one sitting because it wouldn't let me put it down. It's all around beautiful. Perhaps a little bit on the heavier side for my 3rd graders, but it deals with so many important concepts - loss, family, identity, facing your fears, growth, friendship... There is so much there and I absolutely loved it!
Though there were a few moments that bordered on treacly, but those passed swiftly like highway rest stops. By the end the prose soared like, well, a big old bus with the pedal to the floor. This is a smart, funny, sometimes sassy, always captivating feel-good novel that kids and adults can warm their hearts with.