Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure

Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure

by David Meissner, Kim Richardson
     
 


When the news of rich gold strikes in the Klondike reaches young friends Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond, they decide to leave Seattle, where they are prospecting for mining opportunities. They soon join thousands of men who make the perilous journey over the dangerous Chilkoot and White passes and down rivers and lakes to seek their fortunes in the gold fields… See more details below

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When the news of rich gold strikes in the Klondike reaches young friends Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond, they decide to leave Seattle, where they are prospecting for mining opportunities. They soon join thousands of men who make the perilous journey over the dangerous Chilkoot and White passes and down rivers and lakes to seek their fortunes in the gold fields of Canada. Pearce and Bond eventually reach Dawson City, Canada, where they meet another young adventurer, Jack London. This captivating account of the Gold Rush era reads like fiction and is filled with fascinating historical documents, including Pearce’s and Bond’s correspondence and Pearce’s articles for a Denver newspaper. Period images also accompany the narrative, and the book includes an author’s note, timeline, and bibliography. Lovers of adventure novels such as Gary Paulsen's, Jack London's, and Jon Krakauer's will be riveted by this true story.

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". . . 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

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
“I do not anticipate any hardships that we shall not…be able to overcome.” Marshall Bond wrote these words to his family back home as he set out to hunt for gold during the Klondike Goldrush in 1898. Along with his friend Stanley Pearce, Bond was to later rethink those words as he encountered travails far beyond what he could ever have imagined. Confronted with temperatures that reached negative sixty degrees, hundreds of miles of hiking while carrying backbreaking loads, perilous river travel, and the day-to-day labor of digging for gold, Bond and Pearce were fortunate to survive and return home, having found very little gold. Yet, despite their failed treasure hunting, Pearce and Bond did manage to meet Jack London, help inspire The Call of the Wild, overcome horrendous obstacles, and return home with adventure tattooed on their spirits. The story of Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond’s gold hunting experiences is presented in this compilation of their letters, diary entries, and other primary source documents. Compiled and edited by Meissner and Richardson, these raw materials of history are neatly tied together and set within the stream of Klondike Goldrush lore. The end product of this editorial work is a book that tells the story of two of the almost 100,000 people who went hunting Gold in the far north only to find few riches beyond the lasting memories of their journeys. This is a compelling story, well told, and one that will appeal to readers with an adventurous spirit. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—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 newpaper 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
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
A remarkable collection of documents paints a picture of the Klondike gold rush in vivid detail. In 1897, two 20-something Yale grads, Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond, were among the first to hear about the gold found in the Klondike. They quickly booked tickets on a ship, gathered food and equipment, and headed north, hoping to strike it rich. Their mining backgrounds and monetary help from their families gave them an edge over their fellow fortune seekers, but the obstacles were still enormous, as their letters make clear, including two months of grueling travel over mountain passes and down the Yukon River. 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. London, also mentioned in a diary entry, later kept in touch with Bond and based the fictional dog Buck on one of Bond's dogs, making this an excellent companion to The Call of the Wild. A memorable adventure, told with great immediacy. (timeline, author's notes, bibliography, resources) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590788233
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
380,117
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 Years

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