Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure (Paperback)
In this riveting, true, action-packed middle-grade historical adventure, two friends rush with thousands of other prospectors heading north to claim their riches in the Klondike goldfields.
Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce journeyed north in the late 1800s to stake their claim in the Klondike goldfields. The two friends book passage on a northbound steamship, haul a year's worth of supplies over steep mountain passes, and navigate 500 miles of treacherous lakes and rivers to reach their destination. This expedition is life threatening, but they make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet another young prospector, Jack London--all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold! Co-written by a great-newphew of Staney Pearce, this book includes 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.
About the Author
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.
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.
". . . 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