Happy Belated Book Birthday to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart! This new heartprint book was just released on January 8, 2019.
I’ve caught my breath. I can see again, now that I’ve wiped away the tears. My heart is still swelling full of Coyote’s story though.
Coyote will take her place next to Carly of One for the Murphys, and Opal of Because of Winn Dixie. Her voice is real and raw and compelling.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Mrs. Murphy is the best mom in fiction. Dan Gemeinhart’s Rodeo is far from the world’s best dad…at least on the surface. He’s running away from the tragedy that changed their world and in the process he’s dragged his little girl around rest stop gas stations for years. They’ve driven thousands of miles for a one of a kind sandwich, but he won’t take her home. But while Rodeo’s unconventional, he’s managed to raise an amazing daughter. Coyote has learned from her dad that if you give them the chance and treat them like people, most people want to help you. And so she has become someone who genuinely wants to help others, whether she knows them or not. On the journey home to reclaim what she’s been secretly, silently missing, Coyote meets a handful of other lost and drifting souls and she shows us what can happen if we look into someone’s eyes and truly see them. Gemeinhart’s whole cast of characters is endearing, but Coyote is something special. She’s been taking care of herself…and her father for years. She can navigate cross country, convince strangers to do what she needs, and even drive a bus, but she can’t tell her father she’s sad.
The world is so full of sadness.
The world is so full of goodness.
Come along for the journey on this repurposed school bus. Come meet others who can look past someone’s surface to treat them with kindness and compassion. The world can be sad, but you’ll want to see it through Coyote’s eyes. It’s well worth the trip. We could all use a little touch of Rodeo’s magic.
I find myself hoping to read more about Salvador (Lester and Val, too). Maybe Gemeinhart will consider a set of companion texts similar to Jason Reynolds’ Track series. @MacKidsSL what do you say?