By the Great Horn Spoon!

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Full of coots, codgers, geezers, and outlaws, this is the rip-snortin’—and suspenseful—saga of a young man and his butler bound for California from Boston during the great Gold Rush.

Jack and the butler stow away on a side-wheeler bound for California where they join the Gold Rush of 1849

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Overview

Full of coots, codgers, geezers, and outlaws, this is the rip-snortin’—and suspenseful—saga of a young man and his butler bound for California from Boston during the great Gold Rush.

Jack and the butler stow away on a side-wheeler bound for California where they join the Gold Rush of 1849

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two tales of trickery and exaggeration by the Newbery Medalist feature adventures in the Old West and during the California Gold Rush. Ages 8-12. April
Publishers Weekly
Listeners can find historic detail from America's early days in By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, a novel set during the California Gold Rush of 1849. A full cast relays the exploits of 12-year-old orphan Jack Flagg and his butler, Praiseworthy, as they leave Boston (stowaways on a San Francisco-bound ship) and seek their fortunes in the wild and dangerous territory of the West. In addition to the fine narrator and leads, colorful schemers and villains abound on this high-octane recording. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Listeners are in for a treat with this satisfying reading of Sid Fleischman's novel (Little, 1963). Brimming with riveting adventure, the story is set during the Gold Rush. The fast-moving plot follows the high spirited young Jack and his aunt's faithful butler, Praiseworthy, as they set out to strike it rich in order to support the financially strapped and beloved Aunt Arabella. As Jack and the loyal butler travel by sea and land, the pair meet a series of memorable characters such as the daring, crusty sea Captain Swain and the diabolical Cut-Eye Higgins. The individual personalities of the characters are reflected through the expressive voices rendered by the large cast of 24 readers. Jack and Praiseworthy are the most well-rounded characters. While some of the readers use more expression than others, Willard E. Lape, Jr.'s strong narration is crisp and well-paced. Bouncy folk-style music, appropriate to the historical setting, separates each chapter. This entertaining production is a worthy purchase for libraries with large children's audio collections.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932076714
  • Publisher: Full Cast Audio
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 5 CDs, 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The Newbery Award-winning author of The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman is an author of children's books, screenplays, novels for adults, and books on magic.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of many books, including A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. He is also the author of Bedtime for Bear and Roger, the Jolly Pirate. He grew up in Utah and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    Goldrush through the Eyes of a Boy...and Butler

    This was required summer reading for my son entering 4th grade. Wonderful historical fiction with endearing characters that teaches kids about sea travel in the mid-1800s and a taste of what San Francisco and the gold camps of the 1849-50s might have been like--without them even knowing that they're learning something.

    The story of the boy Jack and his Butler named Praiseworthy takes them from Boston on a ship to San Francisco and the gold fields of northern California. Praiseworthy is like a male Mary Poppins who always manages to find just the right solution to situations. His "magic," however, is his careful observation of people, kind heart, and keen understanding of human nature.

    My son liked the story so well, he asked if there was a series of books about Jack and Praiseworthy.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    A Good Book

    The story made me want to continue reading it. I like the way they described all of the characters. I would have given it a higher rating if the story was more realistic. Goes along well if you are learning about the gold rush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    A Delightful Children's Book

    This makes a great read. Especially for children but also for adults. It is a heartwarming adventure of companionship and action. The story spans from Boston's cold harbors to Brazil's lush coastlands to Southern California's hot deserts. And best of all are Fleishman's characters, Praiseworthy and Jack, make great pals. For a childrens novel this book is packed with action and suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Great book to read over and over again to your children!!

    We LOVED this book and have read it over and over again to our children. You will fall for the character Praiseworthy. Good family read-aloud book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    A GREAT BOOK!

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!THERE ARE TWO MAIN CHARACTERS THEIR NAMES ARE PRAISWORTHY AS A BUTLER AND JACK A LITTLE BOY.ITS A GREAT BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Wow!!

    At first, when I was assigned to read this book, I honestly thought it would be boring. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! I enjoyed this book very much. It was historically accurate and very fun and humorous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002

    An awsome book!!!

    I had a lot of fun reading this humorous book and I would recomend this book to everyone, young and old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Angel says,'This book ROCKS'

    This book is one of my favorite's! It's really good. I think people of all ages will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    Amber Feng from Cupertino,California

    I liked this book a lot!!! It's really interesting from beginning to end.

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