So you read this huggable book by Dan Gemeinhart, and now you’re on the hunt for books like The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise? Welcome!
Recommending readalikes can be a tricky process, but as I said in the first post in this series, I enjoy the process of finding similar threads running through even books that appear different on the surface. Today’s pick is Dan Gemeinhart’s The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, which I adored when I read it in 2019! This road trip story is about a father-daughter relationship, grief, and finding community.
Here’s my readalike criterion: Each book I recommend must have strong similarities with the beloved title. For this post, I’ve chosen six great titles about road trips, grief, and finding community. Most importantly, all of these stories have plenty of heart. You’ll find that they have similar themes to our central book. If you or your kids loved this book, here are more books like The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise.
Ready? Let’s go.
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6 Great Books Like The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
Here are six excellent choices for fans of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
Coyote Lost and Found
Published: February 27, 2024
This is a surprise sequel to the first Coyote Sunrise book to be published next year! If you loved the first book, then you’ll be eager to pre-order this one and reunite with Coyote and her dad, who will be taking another road trip on a special mission.
The Line Tender
Published: April 16, 2019
Lucy’s mom, Helen used to be a marine biologist, but died when Lucy was seven. Her dad, a rescue diver copes with the loss by immersing himself in work and leisure diving, so Lucy’s days are spent with her best friend, Fred. Fred is also interested in marine biology and both kids work on a related summer project. But something happens that summer that changes Lucy’s life forever.
This is an achingly beautiful middle-grade novel. This book portrays death and grieving realistically, spotlights awe-inspiring marine life, and features an unforgettable female protagonist.
The Road to Wherever
Published: May 11, 2021
11-year-old June (Henry Junior) Ball’s mother sends him off on the road with his adult second cousins after his father disappears without a word. Cousins Thomas and Cornell are “Ford Men” traveling throughout the US to fix people’s old Ford trucks for free. This is a quieter story, but with just as much road-tripping, heart, and community.
Lasagna Means I Love You
Published: February 21, 2023
11-year-old Mo has lost her Nan (and sole guardian). So, Mo’s entering the foster care system. She ends up with a well-to-do couple who seem delighted to have her. There, Mo tries recipes and even starts a website for all the family recipes she’s been collecting. But then, Mo’s world is turned upside down again. An achingly tender portrait of a girl searching for a family.
Louisiana’s Way Home
Published: October 2, 2018
Louisiana Elefante’s grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night because “the day of reckoning has arrived.” Although Louisiana has always gone with her granny’s flow, this time, she resists. She doesn’t want to leave her friends and her cat, Archie behind. Still, her grandmother is adamant. What follows is an often-funny, occasionally-heartbreaking, and all-round heartwarming tale. If you’re a DiCamillo fan, you’ll enjoy my list of readalikes for Louisiana’s Way Home.
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Published: March 3, 2020
This is the first book that comes to mind when I think of Coyote Sunrise readalikes! The protagonist has a secret mission like Coyote does, but hers is finding her dad. On the way she forms an unlikely friendship and learns a lot about herself.
There they are: six great books like The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise! Which of these have you read? And what did I miss?
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