Gold Rush Fever

Barbara Greenwood
Heather Collins

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.

978-1-55074-850-5 | Sep 1, 2001
List Price: USD $12.95, CAD $15.95
2-color 7 7/8 x 9 1/4 160 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“Well-researched and well-designed books like this remind us of exactly what gave rise to the persistent Klondike legends of today.”
— Quill & Quire, September 2001
“Through a comfortable combination of fiction and nonfiction, this book presents the life of a young miner during the Klondike gold rush between 1897 and 1899. Between sections of the story are pages discussing everything from the supplies needed for the trip to gambling in the town of Dawson to methods of mining and panning for gold. In addition to period photographs, excellent shaded pencil drawings appear throughout the book.”
— Booklist, December 2001
2004 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2003 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2003 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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