The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
In the five years since the death of her mother and sisters, twelve-year-old Coyote and her father, a restless hippie who calls himself Rodeo, have fallen off the grid, rambling back and forth across the country in a 56-seat school bus. In Dan Gemeinhart’s The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Coyote and Rodeo embark on a frantic, 3,000-mile trek from Florida to their home state of Washington to recover a treasured “memory box” secretly buried five years earlier in a park that is about to be demolished. Along the way, they pick up a colorful collection of roadside characters: a tiny kitten, a lovesick blues musician, a stranded Latino boy along with his mother and aunt, a gay teenage runaway, and a homesick goat named Gladys. Through an ongoing series of confessions, confrontations, and near disasters, Coyote, Rodeo, and their new bus mates teach one another valuable lessons about the joys and responsibilities of friendship, the importance of self-sacrifice, and the true meaning of courage. From start to finish, Gemeinhart’s novel is a sustained hymn to the universal human need for love and acceptance. “Maybe we’re all a little broken,” Coyote reflects in the final moments of her story, “Maybe we’re all a little fragile. Maybe that’s why we need each other so much.” The audiobook is narrated by voice actor Khristine Hvam with sincerity, conviction, and at times breathless urgency. By the time Coyote’s remarkable journey has ended, young readers will feel as if they’ve really been along for the ride.
David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.