The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, a review by Di

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
Don Gemeinhart

344 pages
Published January 8, 2019 by Henry Holt & Company

I have to admit I was drawn to this book by the cover and the title. I saw that someone on Goodreads was reading it so I checked it out. I’m glad I did. I find it a little strange that this is the second book involving a school bus that I have read in a short time.

Coyote is a young teen. She and her Dad, Rodeo, are on a cross country road trip in the semi converted school bus which is their home on wheels. After a devastating family tragedy, Rodeo legally changed his and his daughter’s names to escape from the past and started driving…..anywhere and everywhere.

Through their adventures and the people who join them on the bus, Coyote and Rodeo find their way in the world again.

This book is mostly character driven……each character was someone I felt I knew and I would glad to know. Coyote is wise, beyond her years. Rodeo is a kind soul even though life had dealt him a raw deal. The author’s descriptions of the characters and their adventures on the road kept me turning pages.

We learn that family are not only those we are related to by blood but those we choose to let into our hearts. There are so many lessons and messages in this story. It is about love and grief and memories and acceptance and so much more.

This would be a middle school read. I know I am not the target audience for this book and at times I felt the situations might be a bit heavy for a typical middle schooler. But, at the same time, I wish there had been books like this around when I was in my younger years.

My favourite line in the book:

“Losing something can sure make you realize how much you loved it, even if you knew you loved it all along.”

A thoroughly enjoyable book at any age! I think it would be an ideal book to be read together, the parent and the child. Lots to discuss.

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