Parents' Guide to

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girl and her dad flee grief in heart-filled road-trip tale.

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age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 9+

A tangible commentary on grief

To me, this book was a profound commentary on the way people are impacted by and process grief and a tangible way for kids to think through it. Kids who read this will both have empathy for Rodeo’s pain, and feel indignant at the difficulties faced by Coyote. This will provide a valuable opportunity to think through what they both could have done differently.
age 10+

I highly recommend this book

I liked it all. It deals with so many issues: Grief, Loss, Prejudice, Puberty, and Acceptance to name a few. And these issues are dealt with in such an easy manner that it made me extremely happy that I listened to this book with my son.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Dan Gemeinhart's heart-filled road-trip tale brings an irresistible 12-year-old narrator, an engaging cast of characters, and a lot of nail-biting, hilarious, poignant, and life-changing moments. There's a lot of heavy stuff going on as a kid tries to keep what's left of her family -- i.e., her strange, fragile, but loving father -- together in the wake of her mom and sisters' deaths years earlier. The new friends who join The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise are dealing with stuff of their own -- fleeing abusers, being thrown out of the house for being gay, and facing some hard relationship choices. But kindness helps.

"The girl sniffled and then took another bite and while she got to chewing, I got to thinking.

"Now, obviously I was thinking of giving this girl a ride. I don't care who you are, if you see some girl crying at a gas station at night, you can't help but feel like you oughta help 'em if you can. Just look at that nosy lady who called the cops on me when Rodeo left me behind the night I met Salvador. There is such things as good help and bad help, though, and I was more interested in seeing if I could give Val the good kind. Plus, that bit about Val's parents really got my fur up like Ivan's when he sees a dog. My very favorite aunt -- my mom's sister, Jen -- is gay, and her wife, Sofia, is my very favorite aunt-in-law, and the thought of someone hating on them just 'cause of who they love made me want to put on boxing gloves."

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