Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn

The Adventures of Dean Banks

Children - Grade 4th-6th
136 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2013
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Author Biography

I am an Author, veteran Children's Reading Specialist, Teacher, and Book Reviewer.
I have taught in several states in the US and now enjoying my retirement by writing novels for the middle grades to young adults.
I am currently living on Grand Cayman where I still provide reading services for some of the private schools here on the island.I am also writing a sequel to Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn along with a new one that I feel will be a real thriller! I love to write Paranormal, HIstorical Fiction, and Mystery genres.
When I am not writing, you can find me reading, doing book reviews, snorkeling, or boating around the island with my hubby on our boat, The Angelica.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

The Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn, written by Lorraine Carey, began in 1884 on Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction in Arizona. The Apache savagely murdered the Peralta family and burned their cabin. Juha, aka ‘Eagle Eye, saw a vision of a red coyote leading him toward one of the cabins; inside he found a small girl hiding. Juha, convinced that Yolanda was a healer, took her into his tent.

The scene shifts to the current time. Hannah Banks moved her two children Dean, 16, and Dana, 12, to Apache Junction, in the Sonoran desert, very close to the Superstition Mountains. She had inherited an old inn in bad shape from her father. While Dean was not happy about the move, he found the history of the area fascinating. The family slowly began settling in. There were a few things that seemed odd such as the phantom coyote Dean saw as he was riding his dirt bike through the canyon. The coyote seemed to lead him to the entrance of a cave when a hawk swooped down from the sky, knocking him off balance. Local legends told of an energy vortex and a hidden gold mine. Could there be any truth to the legends?

Lorraine Carey offers readers a Young Adult tale that is a mixture of paranormal and mystery. This tale will appeal to 4th-6th grades on up. I enjoyed the way the author brought a sense of the unknown to this tale. I felt that Dean would play a special part but at first was unsure of which direction the author would take that character. I was quickly drawn into this tale by the prologue. This is an excellent tale for a student needing a low reader/high interest book. This is the first book in a new series. I hope the author will allow me the privilege of reviewing the next installment.