Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
9 to 18
Grades:
4 to 12
Pages:
168
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Published:
10/2013
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-823-3
Illustrations:
Black-and-white archival photographs
Lexile Level:
1100L

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Overview

As thousands head north in search of gold, Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce join them, booking passage on a steamship bound for the Klondike goldfields. The journey is life threatening, but the two friends make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet Jack London—all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold! A riveting, true, action-packed adventure, with their telegrams, diaries, and letters, as well as newspaper articles and photographs. An author's note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources encourage readers to dig deeper into the Gold Rush era.Call of the Klondike has been awarded the 2014 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction.

Reviews

". . . An eye-opening work, which is a natural companion for Jack London's Call of the Wild and other historical-fiction works about the Klondike gold rush." --Booklist

* "A remarkable collection of documents paints a picture of the Klondike gold rush in vivid detail. . . Adding only transitional paragraphs, the authors skillfully arrange these letters plus diary entries, telegrams and Pearce's articles for the Denver Republican to convey the men's story in compelling, first-person voices. The attractive design incorporates intriguing pull-out quotes, maps, posters, documents and many well-chosen, captioned photographs, including one of Jack London, who camped near Pearce and Bond's cabin . . . an excellent companion to The Call of the Wild. A memorable adventure, told with great immediacy." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

". . . this is excellent reading not only for interest, but also for support of the Common Core Standards as it is an excellent example of text complexity . . . " --School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

David Meissner

David Meissner is no stranger to adventure. He has lived in Europe, backpacked throughout South America, and--while researching this book--hiked the Chilkoot Trail from Alaska into Canada. David is a former teacher and award-winning author who writes educational books and articles for young people. His website, bydavidmeissner.com, has a downloadable educator's guide for Call of the Klondike as well as information on school visits. David and his wife, Elizabeth, live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado.  

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Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson is the great-great-nephew of Stanley Pearce, whose Klondike adventures inspired this book. He has traveled to five continents and other regions of the earth. Between travels he works in children's publishing and is also a haiku poet and publisher. He lives with his family just outside London, England. Visit albapublishing.com.  

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