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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  5,172 ratings  ·  1,268 reviews
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise introduces young readers to a girl trying to find her place in the world.

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.

Five years.

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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company (BYR)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was the peanut butter to my jelly!!!!

Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars!

What a beautiful and heartfelt story! I have to admit, I picked this book up because I had some serious cover love happening. Well, the attractive cover caught my attention and I ended up loving this story.

Five years ago, Coyote's sisters and mother died in an accident. Since then, she and her dad Rodeo have never been back to their hometown, driving a bus continuously across the country. When Coyote gets word that something she, her mother and her sisters had buried was about to be
Amber K.
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
I found this book, though expertly crafted and addictively engaging, as pleasant and believable as yet not.

I loved the bus-adventure premise, the non-judgmental friendships accrued along the way promoting kindness. And I enjoyed the quirky characterizations and spunky dialogue laced with literary tie ins. Some great stuff, for sure!

What tripped me up was Coyote in regards to puberty "stuff" and that she lived on a bus with no shower, or bathroom, or running water etc. and didn't make a fuss
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 grief,
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am not a Dan Gemeinhart fan. His books are too "Perils of Pauline" for me. You know, one cliffhanging event after another. However, my Mock Newbery group nominated this book as a possible contender for 2020, to be read in March. So I read it. Gemeinhart stayed true to his style. Coyote and her father faced one obstacle after another. It is hard to believe that someone can get into so much trouble, yet always come out smelling like a rose. Another problem is something that I am noticing in ...more
Knee-jerk reaction. Definition: A quick reaction that does not allow you time to consider something carefully. Alternate Definition: What happens to me, specifically, when more than three people tell me to read the same book. I wish I wasn’t such a little pouty child about this. I wish I could say that the more that people tell me to read a book, the more intrigued I become until I just can’t help but snatch it up for a perusal. But instead, if a bunch of people say they love a book and highly ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming story about a young girl, racketing around the country with her dad in an old school bus, and the journey they make back home for the first time in years, and the people they discover and help along the way. I loved Coyote, and their fellow travelers. I was more than a little pissed, however, at "Rodeo" (her father) who I think had done a very selfish thing in order to escape his own grief, without seeming to think for a second about what Coyote might need. I'm impressed that after ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great book if you can ignore the very, very dark place that this storyline comes from. Usually a man who has a mental break, changes his daughter’s name, refuses to let her be more than an arms distance from him and isolates her from everyone else except a phone call a week to her grandmother for over 5 years would be called abusive. In this book he’s called Rodeo.
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.
Celia McMahon
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could rate this book a trillion stars, I would. Holy moly this was amazing.

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
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I absolutely loved this middle grade book. It was quirky and full of heart - my favorite combo! Coyote Sunrise is a 12 year old girl living on a school bus with her father, Rodeo. They travel around the country following whatever whim hits them in the moment and running from the grief of a family tragedy. Along the way they pick up some strangers who become entwined in their story.

Themes of love, friendship, story, grief, kindness, honesty, and so many more are included here. It was fabulous.
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
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
There is something magical and absolutely beautiful in books that can manipulate your emotions as well as change your heart. When every page is not only a part of the written story, but somewhere along, it’s starting to become a part of your reality. There is no better part of reading great story than being so tangled with it, that you ache, you cry and you’re happy for the fictional characters.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise captivated me quickly with brutal honesty, raw and gritty
Megan C.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
4.5 - a fantastic middle grade read with a story you won't want to leave and characters you'll fall in love with. One of my fave MG reads this year!
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.
2 stars for me.

4 for the readers I will give it to, whom will love it.

This really should be the kind of story I would go gaga over. A story from the road with mismatched compadres coming together for a greater purpose, is very much in my wheelhouse. I'm can't quite put my finger on what it is about Gemeinhart's writing the grates against my ear. I am always impressed with his pacing, even if some of the plot turns are little too contrived, but it's great for holding the attention of young
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
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 remarkable.
Leonard Kim
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
There is a climactic moment in this book that the narrator describes as “just like in some dumb movie.” And that’s really what this book is. I am tempted to rate it lower because I don’t like movies that are emotionally manipulative and have a warped moral compass in the sense that the only things we are supposed to care about are the selfish interests of the designated “good” characters, and everything that works to their ends is justified regardless of how much mayhem, heartbreak, or emotional ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An emotional 4.5-star rating! And I mean that in a good way. It’s just too good and sweet and sad and weak and strong and wise and funny to be otherwise.

Cried my eyes out. And honestly the scene toward the beginning when Rodeo discovers Ivan had me cracking up out loud. the scene on top of the bus shouting secrets had me in tears. And the scene in the auditorium.

Salvador is my absolute favorite supporting character, but a band of misfits, or at least loners... coming together for a cause will
Book Hunter
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of Coyote, a 12-year-old girl, and her dad as they have been on the road, living in a converted school bus for five years, trying to run away from the memories that broke their hearts. This book is amazing. There's really no other way to say it. It’s about family and grief, and friends, and adventure. It absolutely warmed my heart and made me feel all the feels. The story is full of lovable characters, and I savoured every page. It’s early to call my favorite middle grade read of ...more
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
Krisette Spangler
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute story, but a few too many curse words for a children's book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

Another good book by this author that the kids are going to enjoy.
This book is something special. (It made me feel very much like The Neverending Story made me feel.) It is, first of all, a good story, and one told by an exceptional storyteller. It is remarkably attentive to the details of both big events and everyday moments, and very insightful about what's going on below the surface. One thing Gemainhart does that I particularly like, is that after describing a significant event, he describes the quality of that moment, what it felt like, what kind of ...more
Natalie Fitzpatrick
This book is beautiful, sad, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking. Every character felt real and I miss all of them. Read this book!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!!! I cried for the last 50 pages at least. This book is a good story of keeping your family close even when things are tough. The things that Coyote goes through is crazy and the way she handles them is amazing. Coyote is definitely a great role model for young girls. I’ve only read two of Dan Gemeinhart’s books but the two that I’ve read (this one and The Honest Truth) make me want to read so many more. I could read this book over and over and never get tired of it. This ...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
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