Coyote Queen


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$18.99  $17.66
Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
6.0 X 7.7 X 1.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Vitalis is the author of The Wolf's Curse, The Rabbit's Gift, and Coyote Queen. She is a full-time writer with a previous career in business and an MBA from Columbia Business School. An American expat, she now lives in Canada with her husband and two daughters.


"This is a powerful novel of tremendous empathy and optimism, where the true magic lies in the belief that acceptance and engagement and togetherness aren't just the purview of coyotes." -- Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist

"Exquisitely written and painfully real, this is a brave and beautiful book about hard, important things." -- Megan E. Freeman, award-winning author of Alone

"An unflinching depiction of domestic violence and poverty interwoven with budding friendships and coyote magic. There are no easy answers, but there is hope. This book lights the way." -- Jenn Reese, author of A Game of Fox & Squirrels

"A memorable story of ferocity, love, desperation--and the bittersweet empowerment of a girl finding her way out of difficulty. Vitalis captures painful truth with a deft touch of fantasy." -- Kaela Rivera, author of Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

"The best fictional stories are the ones that cut right to the truth, no matter how deep it's buried. Coyote Queen is one of those stories. Nuanced and raw, this book throbs with both power and hope. Vitalis has delivered a brilliant story, one that's clearly straight from her heart--and that's thankfully now heading to the hearts of readers everywhere." -- Ann Braden, author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus

"[Fud] and her mom, a victim of domestic abuse, [live] in a Wyoming trailer with unstable ex-boxer Larry, whose increasingly frequent blow-ups are plainly heading nowhere good. Desperate to escape, Fud seizes on the (slim) chance of a cash prize offered by a local beauty pageant . . . A tragically familiar tale of abuse is layered onto a raw and multifaceted coming-of-age story. Fud's memorably unconventional pageant performance will win hearts and minds, as will her cry for help and the strong, constructive response it brings. . . . Winningly intense." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A twelve-year-old contends with financial precarity and domestic abuse in this realistic read with a fantastical twist . . . The challenges that Fud and her mother endure--some of which are based on Vitalis's childhood experiences, per an author's note--are sympathetically wrought, and Fud's resilience and compassion drive the narrative to a complex yet optimistic resolution." -- Publishers Weekly

"Twelve-year-old Felicity Ulyssa Dahlers, "Fud," lives in a trailer in rural Wyoming with her mom and Larry--her mom's abusive, ex-boxer boyfriend who's in the grip of alcoholism. . . . Scrappy Fud demonstrates admirable coping mechanisms alongside awareness she shouldn't have to live in fear, and the book's coyote facts and symbolism nicely bolster Fud's survivor mentality: 'Sometimes leaving one pack meant finding another.' . . . An honest, slice-of-underrepresented-life story with a speculative twist." -- Booklist