Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure

By: David Meissner

Kim Richardson

In 1897, two young entrepreneurs packed 6,000 pounds of supplies and “joined the stampede” on a year-long, 1,500-mile journey to the Klondike, looking for gold. Time line. Author’s note. Bibliography. Resources for further information. Black-and-white maps and photographs.

ISBN: 9781590788233

JLG Release: Dec 2013


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) , Canada , Gold , Seattle, Washington , Mining , Jack London , Letters , Adventures and adventurers , Hardship

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2013; 2014 Golden Kite Award Winner, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond were adventurous young men in the summer of 1897 when they watched prospectors coming into Seattle from Canada’s Northwest Territories. Loaded down with gold dust, the prospectors told of the incredible riches to be found in the Klondike. Pearce and Bond both came from mining families and felt certain that the Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond were adventurous young men in the summer of 1897 when they watched prospectors coming into Seattle from Canada’s Northwest Territories. Loaded down with gold dust, the prospectors told of the incredible riches to be found in the Klondike. Pearce and Bond both came from mining families and felt certain that their fortunes would be made if they could convince their parents to advance them money to venture north. With the funding forthcoming, the two mounted a well-planned, swiftly mobilized expedition that would see them working at superhuman levels for nearly a year—and returning with little to show for their efforts. Coauthor Richardson is a descendant of Pearce. Using the men’s letters, along with newspaper accounts, excerpts from Bond’s diary, and period photographs and reproductions, the book brings immediacy to the experience of young men in extreme conditions. The writing style is engaging, the inclusion of primary-source documents seamless, and the story thoroughly engrossing. Despite the high-interest nature of the text, the syntax and spelling could prove challenging for many students because much of it was written by late-Victorians. However, with some guidance, the book will find a readership. More focused on the experience of a few specific individuals than Charlotte Foltz Jones’s Yukon Gold (Holiday House, 1999), 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. The bibliography rounds out this volume nicely. Solid fare.—Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

Book Details

ISBN

9781590788233

First Release

December 2013

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

971.9/102

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

168

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.8; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.4; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 1100L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Calkins Creek

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899), Canada, Gold, Seattle, Washington, Mining, Jack London, Letters, Adventures and adventurers, Hardship,

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