The year is 1898. Over the last decade, North America has been ground down by a depression. Wages are low, jobs are scarce and people are getting desperate. Although Aunt Rachel isn't happy about 13-year-old Tim and his older brother, Roy, heading off to the Klondike Gold Rush, the possibility of striking it rich is hard to resist. Tim and Roy begin their trek to the Yukon filled with excitement. Little do they suspect the harsh realities they'll have to face: blinding snowstorms, raging rapids, backbreaking work and bitter disappointment. In this unique book, each chapter is followed with factual information, illustrations and photographs of the people and places of the time. In addition, easy-to-do activities help bring the historical period to life.
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Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Heather Collins has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. Her body of work includes many nonfiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story and Out Came the Sun. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.
Grade 5-8-A melange built around the experiences of 13-year-old Tim, who sets off to seek his fortune with his older brother and his dog. This very average piece of historical fiction is sometimes told in narrative and sometimes related in entries from Tim's diary. As the adventure moves along, the book hits on many coming-of-age issues, and has a subtheme of gambling, which was rife in the Klondike. Curtly interjected into the story are historical and technical points of interest, short biographical sketches of some real-life characters (dance-hall girls, Mounted Police, etc.), and activities such as Klondike solitaire. These pieces of information are valuable and relevant, but because they are designed in an unclear format, they are intrusive if readers attempt to follow the story line, and all are without footnotes. About half a dozen archival photos do what the copious and romantically dull drawings do not: give a sense of how harsh, dirty, exciting, and difficult gold mining was at that time and place. The weakest parts of the book are only skin deep, and, with patience, readers may find it somewhat useful as an additional resource.
Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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