by Jessica Vitalis
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 05 Dec 2023
Harper Audio, Greenwillow Books
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Twelve-year-old Fud feels stuck. She lives a dull life in a cramped trailer with her mom and her mom’s alcoholic ex-boxer of a boyfriend, Larry. Fud can see it’s only a matter of time until Larry explodes again, even if her mom keeps on making excuses for his behavior. If only Fud could find a way to be as free as the coyotes roaming the Wyoming countryside. Strong, smart, independent, and always willing to protect their own.
When Larry sells his prized Golden Gloves trophy for a rusted-out houseboat, Fud is horrified to learn that he wants to fix it up for them to live on permanently. All she sees is a floating prison. Then new neighbors move into a nearby trailer, a mom and a girl just Fud’s age. To Fud’s eyes, Leigh is living a charmed life in her chicly decorated trailer, her bedroom with a real bed, her own laptop, and after school snacks that Fud only dreams of. Not to mention: No Larry.
From Leigh, Fud learns about Miss Black Gold, a beauty pageant sponsored by the local coal mine. Fud doesn’t really care much about gowns or talents or prancing around on stage. But she cares very much about getting herself and her mom away from Larry before the boat is finished. And to do that, she needs money. So Fud will do anything she can to win the Miss Black Gold prize money.
One problem: the more Fud has fantasized about escape, the more her connection to the coyote lurking outside her window has grown. And strange things have started happening—is Fud really going colorblind? Are her eyebrows really getting bushier? And why does it suddenly seem like she can smell everything?
Vivid and voice-driven, with a fantastical twist, Coyote Queen is a moving and affecting novel about family, class, and resilience. For readers of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise and The Elephant in the Room.