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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise (Henry Holt and Company, 2019) by Dan Gemeinhart was so good! The voice of 12-year-old Coyote is so real. I also love the mysteries that are revealed as I read and all the characters I met along the way.

Coyote lives in a converted school bus with Rodeo, her dad. “But don’t tell him that, okay?” she tells the brothers giving away kittens. She is tired of all the aloneness and secretly adopts the quietest kitten and names him Ivan. At the end of chapter one, Coyote says, “I had a kitten. Which definitely meant I had a problem. But, heck, I already had problems. And now I also had Ivan. And that sure seemed like an improvement either way.”

Don’t you want to know more?!

Dan is the author of six books (so far!). Read the book titles here. Read more about him here.

This book was a 2020 ILA Teachers’ Choice, 2019 Parents’ Choice Award Gold Medal Winner, Winner of the 2019 CYBILS Award for Middle Grade Fiction, and an Amazon Top 20 Children’s Book of 2019. A sequel, Coyote Lost and Found, is coming out in 2024. Read more about this one and Dan’s other books here.

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14 thoughts on “The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

  1. I’ve seen so much love for this book over the years—it seems like an essential addition to the MG canon! Thanks so much for highlighting it, Susan!

  2. Your posts are a wonderful resource to published MG novels. I don’t read all of them (I’m a slow reader, so I have to choose) but you’ve led me to many. I must wonder, though, who in their right mind would name their child Coyote. It’s a name begging for teasing. There must be an answer in the story itself.

  3. It’s a very intriguing opening, and I’m not sure how good life in a converted school bus is going to be for Coyote or Ivan or Rodeo, but I agree, she sure has a problem! Sounds like the book lives up to its title! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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