Middle Grade Book Club October Meeting

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00pm

River Bend's Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Coyote Sunrise


River Bend's Middle Grade Book Club is back!  We hope you will join us.

For enthusiastic readers, grades 6-8. We explore, debate and reflect on each selection in an informal, discussion-based meeting each month. Our book club community is a lively, respectful place populated by up to 15 readers per meeting. Our MGBC is led by Deb Carroll, an educator with more than 15 years of classroom teaching experience. Deb has taught all levels of high school English and writing, and has been reading way past her bedtime since she was seven years old. 

June's selection is The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.


A girl and her father attempt to save a memory box in a park about to be demolished in this contemporary middle-grade novel about grief and love.

Five years. That's how long twelve-year-old Coyote and her dad, River, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters.

Coyote hasn’t been home since, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished—the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a memory box—she devises a plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state.

On the way, they'll pick up an eclectic group of folks. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. Coyote will learn that going home can be hard, but that with friends, she just might be able to turn her "once upon a time" into a "happily ever after."


Weather and pandemic permitting, we will have a socially distanced, in-person meeting on the lawn at River Bend on Thursday, October 14 at 4pm. (We will go virtual if circumstances require it!) Please plan to follow all mask-wearing and distance protocols.

Registration is limited to 15 participants, please reserve your spot through Eventbrite. See you so soon!

Event address: 
2217 Main St.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise By Dan Gemeinhart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250233615
Availability: Available at One of Our Locations
Published: Square Fish - July 21st, 2020