Coyote in Manhattan Author:Jean Craighead George What Tenny wanted most of all this summer was to join the Street Family, the high school group on 109th Street where she lived. They met in the evening and sang and talked about stickball games, the police, the neighborhood, and their troubles with their parents. But the Street Family had already voted on her. Tenny was too aloof for them, to... more »o much of a do-gooder.
Then Tenny found the coyote. His eyes as wild as the forest, Tako lay crouched in a dirty cage on her father's ship. A do-gooder, a saint, would never set him free. If Tenny did, the Street Family would have to recognize her.
And so a coyote was let loose in New York City. In an unfamiliar world of people, of concrete and the smell of oily engines, Tako roamed the streets in search of a den. Foraging for food, staking out his territory in Central Park, Tako delighted in the challenges of the city. But for Tenny, setting him free had turned into a nightmare.
Tako had attacked Mrs. La Gloria's cat and stolen Herb Schwartz's racing pigeons; the Health Inspector was after him as a possible carrier of plague. Tenny's dreams of becoming a heroine, of turning the admiring eyes of the neighborhood upon her, had disappeared. Yet in place of the daydreams was something more solid, a growing maturity and a real sense of her own courage and strength.« less