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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  661 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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 b
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Henry Holt
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Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dan Gemeinhart does it again!

This book should really come with tissues because it ripped my heart out and made me cry happy and sad tears throughout the entire book.

Rodeo and Coyote are a father/daughter duo that live on the road in an old school bus called Yager. They have been roaming the US for five years - ever since a tragic accident that left them both devastated.

They have not been home in five years and Rodeo refuses to go back to their home in Washington State but Coyote learns that s
Kate Olson
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade

They all TOLD me to read this one, and they were RIGHT! I dug in yesterday afternoon and this morning when it was time for my walk I just couldn’t stop, so I switched to the audio version on Scribd and only took a quick break for my shower. I listened while I got ready for work, while I drove to work, and while I collected books for check in at work. I SOBBED in the car and my kids were like, “MOM, remember it’s FICTION!”.

Oh, this is such a heart print book for me. It’s about family and grie
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

Do you think it would be fun to have your house be a school bus that was gutted and turned into a home? You could go just about anywhere in the US whenever you want. Fun, right? Well, Coyote Sunrise didn't have a problem with it, at least not until everything changed. Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have been traveling the country for five years, ever since the day her mom and two sisters were killed in a car wreck. Since then Ella has been called Coyote and her dad has been Rodeo.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

This is my last book review of 2018. Here's the thing, I like the story, I like the characters, and I like the message....BUT...I cannot give this book more than three stars because I am so disappointed with the use of so many curse words. I understand that the kids hear them, but we tell them not to use them, so why is it okay to have those words (They are not the super bad ones, but there were a lot.) in a middle grade book? This
Lorie Barber
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Dan Gemeinhart, why do you write such incredible books that rip me apart, then put me back together again. First it was The Honest Truth. Then came Good Dog. Not to mention Scar Island. Each so different, yet kept me thinking about them for days after finishing; each leaving an indelible mark on my heart.
And then you give me Coyote and Rodeo and their Remarkable Journey. It’s a journey that takes them across many miles in a school bus-turned home (think a bright yellow tiny house on wheels.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Coyote, a 12-year-old girl, and Rodeo (which I pronounced as Roh-DAY-oh in my head every time!), her dad, have been on the road, living in a converted school bus, for 5 and a half years. They are on the run from the tragedy of losing their mom/wife and two little girls. (This is not a spoiler—it says as much on the book jacket.) The story begins as Coyote decides to take a free kitten that some boys are giving away at a mini mart. Her dad says that pets are a “no-go”, but she ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt
Books/Macmillan for the advance Kindle copy of this 1.8.19 release. All opinions are my own.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for this heartfelt adventure. Coyote and her dad have been on the road, living in a school bus for five years. They don’t talk about tragic past. When Coyote learns that the park where she buried something very important is about to be destroyed, she has to find a way to convince her father to go back to their hometown - the one place he says he will never go
Afoma Umesi
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to gather my thoughts, but EVERYONE needs to read this book. I promise, it's THAT good.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Coyote and her father, Rodeo, travel around the US in a converted school bus they call Yager. Their life seems pretty comfortable, and they go wherever they want (especially if it involves some really good destination food), but they are on the road because of a sad reason. Coyote's mother and two sisters were killed in a car accident, and their father coped so poorly that he had to sell their house, leave their town, and doesn't even want to call Coyote by her real name
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was AMAZING. There's really no other way to say it. I have been a fan of Gemeinhart since I first read The Honest Truth a few years ago, and have enjoyed many of other books. His writing style is so fantastic for middle grade readers. The stories are poignant, the characters are interesting, and the books always, always, tug on your heart-strings. I loved this. It coul
Laura Gardner
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @macmillankidsbooks for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange!

I ❤LOVE❤ this book! 🌟ALL THE STARS!🌟 How much do I love it?
Let me count the ways...

1. It's a road trip! Who doesn't love a road trip!?
2. There's a GOAT! Also she's spunky and cuddly and comes in big in a clutch moment.
3. Coyote and Rodeo may be stuck in the denial stage of the grief process, but they have tons of love to go around nonetheless. For two people who have lost almost everything, that's pretty remarkab
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realize it's early to call my favorite middle grade read of 2019, but I cannot imagine a book topping this one for me. If you enjoyed Mosquitoland by David Arnold then you'll love this. I loooove a main character with spunk and wit who you find yourself cracking up through all her interactions because she's just so perfectly herself. Toss in life on the road and picking up a cast of characters along the way, and it's the best kind of book (other than magic). Also, this book has made me realize ...more
Heartfelt realistic fiction filled with a compelling cast of characters. I love a good wanderlust story that centers on a journey that picks up more and more lost people and everyone’s story combines together. Coyote and her dad are missing something big and pretending they aren’t and also pretending to not be avoiding the past but something happens that propels this lovable 12 year old on a mission to rediscover the past no matter how sad or hard it can be. Also so many book references and an a ...more
Jacquelyn Pace
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise definitely lives up to its name. This book is quite remarkable. It tells the story of not just Coyote's journey but also, in a way, of the journeys all the people that she meets throughout this book. When the story begins, Coyote is living on a refurbished school bus with her father and her cat Ivan (named after the gorilla in The One and Only Ivan -the first of many shout outs to amazing kidlit) and they travel from place to place because going home is t ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @kidlitexchange @macmillankidsbooks and @dangemeinhart for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise will release 1.8.19 and needs to be at the very top of your must read list at the start of the new year!!!

This middle grade story follows Coyote and Rodeo, a daughter / father duo who drive and live in an old school bus better known as Yager. Upon first impressions, people might be leery of their hippie vibes, but those opinions chan
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Il y a cinq ans, la mère et les soeurs de Coyote sont mortes dans un accident de voiture. Depuis, son père Rodeo et elle ont changé de nom, et ils sillonnent les Etats-Unis à bord de Yager, un vieux bus scolaire devenu leur maison sur roues. Interdiction d'évoquer le passé: le mot d'ordre, c'est vivre dans le présent exclusivement pour ne pas souffrir. Jusqu'au jour où Coyote apprend que le parc où elle avait enterré une boîte à souvenirs avec sa mère et ses soeurs va être rasé. Elle n'a que cin ...more
Amy Bradsher
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book. I extremely disliked one scene and one character - it feels forced and limits the audience. Except for that one part, everything else was amazing - full of lyrical narration and wisdom beyond the years of your typical preteen girl.

As a parent and a teacher, trying to decide how to use the book with those limitations.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this story, for middle schoolers. A story about loss and healing. Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, travel the States, picking up friends along the way. So much happens, for such a small book.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My heart. I sobbed and sobbed and clutched this book to my chest. It will stay with me forever.

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“Sometimes making friends is tough, and sometimes it’s as simple as finding someone who loves books and kittens as much as you do.”

“There is so much sadness in the world.
There is so much happiness in the world.”
Michele Knott
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve ever read anything by Dan Gemeinhart, you know it’s going to pull at your heart. It’s going to bring feelings to the surface and you can’t help but wear all of those emotions on your sleeve as you finish reading the story.
This book does that and more. I think this is Dan’s best book, yet. He does an amazing job fleshing out the character of Coyote and letting the reader get to know her and see all of her ups and downs.
Always looking forward to more from Dan.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best one yet of Dan’s novels. Love his writing and stories. This is an emotional one.
Theresa Grissom
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th, 5th, middle-grade
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

Dan Gemeinhart, you continue to rip my heart out with your words! I fell in love with Coyote from page one along with all the other characters in this book. I rooted for her during her entire journey. The students in my school will be fighting over access to this book when I get hardcopies. Loved this one!
There is more than one book for children and for adults about grief, and how those particular characters handle a devastating loss. Dan Gemeinhart has offered a living example of a story that shouts it loud, a response that equals others, but with a twist. Some people say goodbye and try hard to move on as best they can. This time, Coyote Sunrise, a twelve-year-old girl and her father Rodeo say goodbye by taking off on a school bus they've made their home. They travel all over the U.S. and have ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coyote and her dad are driving all around the country in a converted school bus. She's home schooled, and they see the whole US. But there's one place her dad won't take her--home to Seattle. See, a few years ago Coyote's mom and two sisters all died in a terrible car accident. Coyote was supposed to be in the car that day too. And it's just been way too much to deal with. So they don't. They drive around to cool places, Coyote reads, she adopts a kitten named Ivan.

One day she calls her grandmot
Melanie Dulaney
This newest offering by Dan Gemeinhart just may be my personal winner of the year, both my current reading year (2018) and maybe even its publication year (2019); it's that good. This is one that most fans of sad-happy heart warmers will want to read all in one sitting and may be tempted to skim in order to get to its lots of Kleenex required conclusion, but don't do it. If skimmed, readers will miss some fantastic descriptions, filled with enough sensory imagery that an ELA teacher will be high ...more

Coyote and Rodeo (her father) live on the road in an old school bus. The school bus has been adapted to meet their needs with places to sleep, sit, and even cook. And for the most part, Coyote is content with this lifestyle that has been hers for the last five years. That changes though when she gets word from her Grandma that the park where she buried a memory capsule with her mother and sisters is being torn up. Coyote desperately wants to retrieve the capsule but she knows her father has no i
Mrs. Krajewski
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meet the lovable, strong, determined, and downright fabulous Coyote Sunrise. Along with her father Rodeo, she travels the country in Yager, a large yellow school bus that’s also their home. Five years before this traveling began, Coyote’s mother and two sisters were killed in a car accident. Now Rodeo and Coyote go wherever they feel like it. They changed their names, got on Yager, and the rest is history. Well, at least, it would have been history if Coyote didn’t find out the park in her old n ...more
"There's nothing like a good book for bringing folks together."

I fell in love with Coyote, her dad Rodeo and her cat Ivan from the beginning, and when we added Lester and Salvatore I couldn’t help but fall for them too!

This is a coming of age story a story of healing and fathers and daughters, friendship and family. I would recommend this road trip book for all ages not just middle grade.

I loved these characters I have been trying to find a young heroine like CeeCee Honeycutt or Sta
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
I couldn't stomach this one. It was over-the-top with the quirkiness as they kept adding people to the bus and then even a goat. I rolled my eyes at the goat. I just wasn't into it.

I stand by my assessment that there were some real believability issues when it came to how Coyote as a 12-year-old girl was portrayed. There are some realistic puberty issues that would have come with riding on a bus with her dad all the time. Girls that age are doing things like showering regularly, shaving their l
Some losses are too tragic to imagine but they are even harder when you are discouraged from remembering or talking about them. That is the situation for Coyote Sunrise. Her father has taken her on the road for the past five years, living on a a school bus called Yager, never stopping long enough to make friends. Her once a week call to her grandmother brings unexpected news and Coyote must make a trip back to her original home to rescue what is left of her precious life and and keep those memor ...more
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