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School Visit with Dan Gemeinhart

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:00am
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Private Off-Site Event

As part of our Children's Book Week Celebrations, Dan Gemeinhart will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance. We are also hosting a free and public event, more infromation here

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About the Book: Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, 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 in a car crash.

Coyote hasn't been home in all that time, 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 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."

Dan Gemeinhart author photo from Kathryn Denelle

About the Author: Dan Gemeinhart is a former elementary-school teacher-librarian and lifelong book nerd. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a small town in Washington State. He's the author of some other books, too: The Honest TruthSome Kind of CourageScar Island, and Good Dog. If he ever meets you, he'd love to talk about books with you.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250196705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 8th, 2019

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The Honest Truth Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545665742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - December 29th, 2015

Scar Island Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338053852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

Good Dog Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338053883
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

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Some Kind of Courage Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545665827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

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Reading is magic. Not just in some metaphorical sense, but in the true sense that you will experience a new and stunning world in this highly original fantasy. An amazing book that will capture any bookworm. Reminiscent of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart. - Jessica