Happy Friday, and welcome to my first book review! I have no idea what has taken me so long to actually do a post on books, because I love reading! This review will contain NO spoilers for this Dan Gemeinhart book, The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise.
My oldest daughter, Riley, and I came across this book in our local Barnes and Noble shortly after it was released this year; it actually caught my eye first because the cover is adorable. (I know, “Don’t judge a book but it’s cover”, but let’s be honest, we all do it.) I read the synopsis, which you can read here on Dan’s website, and thought it sounded like a really interesting novel. Riley was looking at it when a Bookseller approached us and raved about it! She and I discussed the book a bit and she let me know that there was a few spots of light language, which, as a parent, I appreciated hearing. We decided to purchase it, with the understanding that I was going to read it first to be sure it was appropriate for my daughter. I am SO glad we got this book, it did not disappoint, and I think I finished it in maybe two days. I really mean it when I say, I did not want to put it down.
The book is told from the point of view of a 12 year old girl, Coyote Sunrise. She and her dad, Rodeo, live on the road, in an old school bus they renovated to make a “home” after her mom and sisters pass away in an accident. They haven’t been home to Washington, in five years. Coyote hears from her Grandma that they are going to tear down the old park in her neighborhood, and she crafts a plan to get her Dad to drive them all they way back home. While trying to see her plan through, the duo come into some amazing adventures, find some wonderful characters, and learn a lot about each other.
Dan’s creative writing and imagination left me doubled over in laughter, and full of appreciation for the kindness the characters showed to each other. He paints a wonderful picture for the mind as you travel chapter through chapter, wondering what is going to happen next. This novel is full of morals, positive interactions, and thought provoking moments. If you’re looking to be uplifted by a book, this is it.
There was a few spots of light language through the book, but it is not excessively used; the words were: Damn, Hell, and Pissed. Since reading it, I have found myself recommending this book to other adults, and feel like it is a great read for parents. I felt like this book taught me that it was okay to be a kid at times; to remember that I was young once. It also left me craving for an adventure!
I definitely feel like this book is appropriate for 9 year olds and up. My daughter has read the first three Harry Potter books, so I am comfortable with her reading a book that has a little light language in it. (Obviously we have talks about those words and she understands that they are not ones we use.) If you have a kiddo with an adventurous spirit, they will love this book.
If you are a parent, PLEASE read this book! Remember that we need to do what we can to support our kids, and that they have things in life that we may not understand, but are highly important to them.
Please let me know if you read this book, and what you thought of it. I’d love to hear from you!