“Coyote Canyon” is a short novel written by Sharon Siamon. It is written for children, ages 10 through middle school, and I think it is fair to say the primary audience would be girls. It is set in the West, though late 20th century, not 19th. However, it is a Western.
So why did I read it? Because of the name, which is the same as the third book in my own Brock Clemons Western series. When I ran across it, I couldn’t pass it up.
That being said, it was a fun read and a good story. In all fairness, most of us have limited reading time, so I wouldn’t prioritize it over a Patrick Dearon or a James Reasoner novel, but I’m glad I read it. On the other hand, if you have a young daughter, or even son, and want to introduce them to Westerns, you could do worse than “Coyote Canyon.”
But, if you ever do decide to pick it up, you’ll find it’s the second book in the Wild Horse Creek series, which is now up to six books. It centers on two young (13-year-old) twin sisters, who both love horses and are coming to love young men. They actually have to face some pretty serious challenges on their ranch and have run-ins with mountain lions, wild stallions, coyotes and some of the local girls who look down their noses at the twins.
It’s short, 123 pages, and moves quickly. Every chapter has some action and is well-written and well-paced.