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 knows she’ll do whatever it takes to get back in time to save it. So she hatches a crazy plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days. Along the way, they’ll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers, including a goat named 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 make it.
Sierra Wilson's review of this book nailed it. Willow Chance is a 12 year old genius who is obsessed with the number 7, plants, and diagnosing medical conditions of those she meets. After her parents are killed in a car accident her comfort level is shattered and she forms bonds with the most unlikely characters. However, like "Willows beloved plants ,these are people putting down new roots and rising towards the sun." An excellent read for all ages.
This childhood classic tells the story of Karana, a young indigenous woman who survived alone on and island off the California coast for 18 years. Her courageous spirit and will to survive is something that sticks with readers long after they've finished the novel.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The story, which could simply be heartbreaking, is told with humor and compassion and is a joy to read. Recommended for adults and kids, ages 9 +.
Are you looking for a fantasy story that has a strong heroine who is not necessarily beautiful, adventure, magic, amazing horses, gorgeous prose and just the perfect amount of romance (not romance that gets shoved down your throat so hard that you want to gag romance)? Then Robin McKinley is the author for you! The Blue Sword is a great place to start. It begins with our heroine, Harry, who must move far from her lush, verdant Homeland to the bleak desert of a distant continent, Damar. She finds herself falling in love with the harsh beauty of the desert, as if something is awakened in her blood. When she is kidnapped by the magically-powerful king of the desert little does she know what's in store for her. Thus begins Harry's adventure as she learns about her magical heritage and becomes a desert warrior in whom the fate of her world resides.