Coyote Winds by Helen Sedwick

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Coyote Winds is a vivid and beautiful portrait of a modern-day teen who finds inspiration in the story of his grandfather’s struggles during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
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“An engaging story which broaches serious questions about family, the American spirit and hope.“ Foreword Five-Star Review

When thirteen-year-old Myles brings home an injured coyote pup, his neighbor reaches for a shotgun. “The coyotes, like the prairie, are trying to take what’s ours,” he warns. “We got to fight them with all we got.”

Set in eastern Colorado in the years leading up to the Dust Bowl, this young adult historical novel explores the can-do spirit that drew families to the rugged frontier. The time is 1930. Men and their tractors are transforming the prairie into the world’s breadbasket. Nature is giving way to the American dream. But all Myles sees is the wide, open freedom of the prairie and the coyote disappearing in the wind. Unable to stop men and their machines, he must find a way to save the coyote from those who would call the prairie their own.

Seventy years later, Myles’ grandson Andy feels trapped by his safe, suburban routine. His mother charts his grades and packs hand sanitizer in his back pack. All she talks about is consequences. Dreams, she warns, bring only heartache like the Dust Bowl. Wanting more out of life, Andy sets out to discover what is left of his grandfather’s wild prairie.

First Place for Historical Fiction, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2013
Honorable Mention, 2013 Green Book Festival

Lexile Score HL (High Low) 690L

What people are saying about COYOTE WINDS…

“An engrossing account of hardscrabble life in Colorado at the dawning of the Dust Bowl era, as seen through the eyes of a wise-cracking 1920s farm boy, an injured coyote pup, and a disgruntled, 21st century teenager. The story transports readers to a bygone day when dreams died hard and indomitable spirits struggled to endure. “ --David Schweidel, author of Confidence of the Heart and What Men Call Treasure

“In this fresh, affectionate, and poignant novel, Sedwick brings to vivid life the story of two boys connecting across decades with plucky independence and unexpected courage. Pages turn like the Coyote Winds, unfolding a gritty tale of endurance, love, and a touch of magic that will hold young and old in its spell.” --Joanne Meschery, author of Home and Away

“Coyote Winds is engaging and provocative. The book tells the story of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl in a way that encourages readers to think, and to want to know more. It helps us to understand both the harshness and the beauty of farm life on the southern Plains.” --Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, History Professor and Chair, Iowa State University, author of Rooted in Dust and Always Plenty to Do, and contributor to Ken Burns’ film, The Dust Bowl

"There are days when I tire of being a reviewer, but then along comes a book like Coyote Winds that makes me feel excited about my role. Coyote Winds is a bittersweet story, full of sadness and hope." Allison Hunter, Allison's Book Bag

"Coyote Winds is a vivid and beautiful portrait of two very different worlds. Andy’s modern day existence couldn’t be more different than the wide open promise of Vona, CO that Myles and his family approach, but the stories merge brilliantly. Helen Sedwick pens this story so well that I could see the Vincent farm, hear the chickens pecking at kernels and feel the coyote winds blowing across my face. " -- Compulsion Reads 5 Star Review and part of its Irresistible Collection.

"Coyote Winds is an evocative novel that readers of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy." Midwest Book Review

About Helen Sedwick

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Helen Sedwick grew up in the wilds of New York City before there were coyotes in Central Park. For many summers, her family operated a summer stock theater in the Poconos. From those theater years and from reading countless books, she fell in love with the power of the story to make us laugh, learn, love and cry. She studied English at Cornell University and spent several years as an advertising copywriter. Then she attended University of Chicago Law School and moved to San Francisco where she has practiced business law for almost thirty years and raised twin daughters. She had a play produced in Los Angeles. Her short stories have won prizes in various contests and appeared in bosque (the magazine) and Redwood Writers' Vintage Voices 2012 Anthology.
Published January 20, 2014 by Ten Gallon Press. 269 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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