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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Publisher's Summary

*Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award*     

"If Katherine Applegate says a book 'just plain makes you want to hug the world', you know there’s magic there. And if you have narrator Khristine Hvam delivering a warm, slightly twangy performance as said book’s travel-worn protagonist, then that’s a listening experience not to be missed." (Paste.com)

Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, crisscrossing the nation. It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.  

Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished - the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box - she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days...without him realizing it.  

Along the way, they'll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there's Gladys....  

Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after”.

©2019 Dan Gemeinhart (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sometimes a story comes along that just plain makes you want to hug the world. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is Dan Gemeinhart’s finest book yet - and that’s saying something. Your heart needs this joyful miracle of a book." (Katherine Applegate, acclaimed author of The One and Only Ivan and Wishtree

"Khristine Hvam's narration is as heartfelt as the story of 12-year-old Coyote Sunrise...Both the story and Hvam's distinctive narration will linger in listeners' minds." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner  

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  • MissSusie66
  • 03-04-2019

So much love for this one

"There's nothing like a good book for bringing folks together."
-----Coyote

I fell in love with Coyote, her dad Rodeo and her cat Ivan from the beginning, and when we added Lester and Salvatore I couldn’t help but fall for them too!

This is a coming of age story a story of healing and fathers and daughters, friendship and family. I would recommend this road trip book for all ages not just middle grade.

I loved these characters I have been trying to find a young heroine like CeeCee Honeycutt or Starla Claudelle and I definitely found her in Coyote she is quite the young lady with enough sass and smarts to get her wherever she needs to go! She has a loving father but he also is running from things.

I will be buying this book for our library and I look forward to recommending it to anyone and everyone!

This is my first book by this author but it won’t be my last I like the writing and the characters and look forward to reading more from this author.

Narration by Khristine Hvam was fabulous she brought Coyote to life and all her emotions were perfection!

I knew that it would get emotional at some point and when it does it’s every bit as good as you want it to be. Aww you guys this ending was sad and sweet and perfect!!!

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  • Andrew & Ashley L
  • 18-02-2019

Read this story!!!

This is an amazing story that will keep playing through my mind for many, many moments to come. What a gift!

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  • Margaret Peres
  • 15-02-2019

Enjoyable

Up lifting story. Well read. A little crunchy but fun. Give it a listen when you want a good escape

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  • Tina Mollie Fisher
  • 11-07-2019

Feel-Good Summer Story

This was charming and unexpectedly delightful. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. I needed a sweet summer story that had adventure, purpose and great characters. Light and breezy. It is a wonderful feel-good book about friendship and the love of family.

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  • Michelle Bullock
  • 03-07-2019

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Grief is both immensely personal and all-encompassing and it can make us do funny things. That’s why Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, are traveling the country in an old school bus; to escape the memories of the family they once were. The car accident that broke the family was five years ago and Coyote and her dad haven’t been home since. Their lives are filled with plenty of new faces and “no gos”, the term they use to tell the other something is off limits. When grandma tells Coyote that the park in their old neighborhood is being turned into an intersection, Coyote knows she has to get there before the memory box she buried with her mother and sisters, just days before their deaths, is lost forever. Will Rodeo drive 3,600 miles back home or will this be just one more “no go”? Make sure you have tissues nearby because this book will definitely tug at your heartstrings.

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  • E. Nelson
  • 22-06-2019

Mixed reviews from our family on this one

We listened to this with our children (ages 12, 11, and 9) during a cross country drive. Our 12-year old lost interest and stopped listening (the only book where he did this) and my wife thought it was super slow. My 9-year old son was the only one who maintained consistent interest throughout.

The book is slow, but I found the story interesting. The author tries too hard at times to pull on emotions when it isn’t necessary and this sappiness was often a distraction.

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  • Jamie Lynn
  • 09-04-2019

Great storytelling!!

I’m a sucker for books about a journey, especially ones that travel across the country, and this one did not disappoint. Just the right amount of emotions, more than enough funny to combat the sad. Coyote is one of my favorite characters. This may be a YA book but it’s written very well and the characters come to life.

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  • Amanda E. Lewis
  • 07-02-2019

This book is amazing

Amazing book recommended Ahad definitely a good read

There is is nothing I dislike

Sooooo friking goood

My new favorite book

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  • Stephanie Thompson
  • 24-01-2019

Don’t miss this book

This story is beautiful and sad and hilarious and happy and everything amazing I’ve come to expect from Dan Geneinhart. Khristine Hvam does a great job. Love this!