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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  12,229 ratings  ·  2,501 reviews
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 bu
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Update: $2.99 Kindle US today 6/15/20

This book was the peanut butter to my jelly!!!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
''Your heart needs this joyful miracle of a book.''
- Katherine Applegate

And what I need is a movie based on this incredible, moving novel!🎬😍
I want to travel with Rodeo and Coyote across the american landscapes, meet the amazing characters boarding on their school bus along the way and cry another time at the beautiful ending of the story. And I hate crying... but this book was worth it.

''There is so much happiness in the world. There is so much sadness in the world. There is just so much in the
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 de
Amber K.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 midd ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
This is a middle grade. This is about a little girl and her Dad finding their way back home, and they help people on the way. The characters are fun and so much fun to follow. I also think the school bus is a character also well, and that bus is so much more then just a home or a bug. This story is well-written and so much fun to read. I love reading this book. This is a fast pace book that as some fun adventures. I also have to say I love the cover of this book. I am very lucky to win a Soft Co ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 gri
Middle Grade March! I thought this book was so sweet, yet so very emotional. Plus I absolutely love the cover! A 13 year old girl named Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, live in an old school bus and drive around aimlessly wherever the wind carries them. This premise had me so intrigued from the first time I read the synopsis.

Coyote has lost her mom and two sisters at the same time. All she has left is her Dad. She learns from her Grandmother that an old park is being torn down in her home town, and s
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 r ...more
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“It's funny how sometimes when a face goes gentle, it ends up looking stronger somehow.”

Okay, so. This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Honestly, I don't remember the last time I read a book so deep, exciting, interesting, perfectly balanced, emotional, happy, sad, enticing, un-put-downable, colorful, perfectly paced and beautiful. I kinda suspected I was into road-trip books, but now I know for sure. This book just has that perfect balance between nostalgic and melancholic, that bittersweet taste of a m
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
It's a shame that this wonderful story by Dan Gemeinhart did not win at least an Honor award in the 2019 Newbery voting. Coyote and her father, Rodeo, are driving all over the U.S. in an old converted school bus, trying to outrun their memories of the car crash that killed her mother and two sisters. Coyote finally realizes she is lonely, and adopts a kitten after rescuing a stranger. Following a call with her grandmother, who tells her that the local park is being redeveloped, Coyote decides sh ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fi ...more
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
I need to gather my thoughts, but EVERYONE needs to read this book. I promise, it's THAT good. ...more
Ms. Yingling
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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
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Celia McMahon
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fo
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
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.
Lorie Barber
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brooke W
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why haven't I reviewed this yet? Well, let's start off with:


The characters: They took a piece of my heart *warm smile* Coyote, her dad, her cat, and her friends are so amazing and imperfect in a perfect way and I love them all. I care so much about these characters. I FELT something while I read this book. I apprec
Liana Grace
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
“I’m not saying I missed them, I’m saying I miss them. Right now, today.”

A coming of age road trip adventure with an unconventional father/daughter duo running away from their tragic past. A colourful group of quirky characters highlight this beautiful story, which covers a heavy topic - grief. I loved it.
Megan C.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
​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
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 beg
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly what I'm looking for when I pick up a middle grade book: a book with heart.

This book centers around a girl named Coyote Sunrise and her hippie father, Rodeo, who she calls by name. The two of them live on a school bus, roaming wherever the wind takes them. The reader gradually discovers that this twosome is running from their grief. This book becomes a road trip novel as Coyote gets Rodeo to (unknowingly) drive Westward to her former home she hasn't seen in five years. Along the
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 reade
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There's nothing like a good book for bringing folks together."

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, PP. 42-43

In 2019, one book was discussed as a Newbery Medal candidate at least as much as any other: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. From 2015-18 Dan Gemeinhart released four celebrated junior novels—The Honest Truth, Some Kind of Courage, Scar Island, and Good Dog—but in 2019 the reading public began viewing him as one of the best in the business. The Newbery momentum for The Re
Kaytee Cobb
This is the middle grade version of Captain Fantastic. And it is. Fantastic.
Laura Gardner
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 re
Leonard Kim
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
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