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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
by Dan Gemeinhart
Published by Henry Holt & Company
on January 8, 2020
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: 344 pages
Ages: 9 - 12 years
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Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo have lived on the road in an old school bus, crisscrossing 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 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.
Coyote Sunrise and her dad, Rodeo, have been living on a bus for the past five years, traveling wherever their hearts desire, but one day Coyote gets word that a very special park in her home town is being torn down and must find a way back across the country to Washington to save something incredibly important before that happens. With only a few days left to convince her dad to return to a place he has no intention of going to, Coyote recruits a band of hitchhiking friends to help along the way.
This is essentially a road trip story that goes from Florida to Washington but is also about loss, grief, friendships, and parent/child relationships, all while being an incredibly positive and uplifting read that is full of life lessons.
Coyote is only twelve years old but she has been dealt a devastatingly difficult hand and has learned a lot from her travels across the country with Rodeo and uses those street smarts and Rodeo know-how to secretly get across the country in just a few days.
This book had a little of everything I'd want from a great middle grade. Adventure, a secret plot, high stakes, a budding friendship, and a bit of emotional turmoil to really round it out. Plus, literature references!
I definitely recommend this and think it would make a fantastic summer read!