Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West

Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West

by Avi
4.5 11

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Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West by Avi

Early Whitcomb's family needs a miracle. Their Iowa farm has been in the family for generations, but a long drought has withered their savings and left them in debt. Meanwhile, the great Chicago and Northwestern Railroad wants their land, and if the Whitcombs can't pay their loans, the local banker, Judge Fuslin, will foreclose and sell the farm as his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423140269
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/12/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 702,417
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi's books are loved by kids and adults everywhere. He has written more than 50 books, several of which have garnered prestigious awards, including the Newbery Medal and two Newbery Honors. His titles with Hyperion include Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Crispin at the Edge of the World, and The Book Without Words. He lives with his family in Colorado.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loooooove this book so much. My class is reading it. It's a great book with great chracters. It's about the Colorado Gold Rush and has very exciting events in it. This is worth your money. PLEASE BUY!!!!
MudJM More than 1 year ago
This book provides a good background history of the old West. It focuses on the goldrush period and tells a story filled with relevant history. It tells how they lived in every day life. It's appropriate for grades 5-7.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard gold is a wonderful book i love how early is so sad when he cant wait to see if he finds jesse. Thanks fo making a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You really get a feel for what it was like back when the gold rush happened this everyone should read
Douglas Guenther More than 1 year ago
Very very few flaws
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jadaykennedy More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book I've read by this author. I admire the writing style. His books are absorbing and highly entertaining. The character of Early, a fourteen year old boy is accurate and effortless. The young girl, Lizzy is precocious and bucks against the constraints of being a woman and acting "ladylike." The description of the prairie and barren heat sodden dessert enhance the feeling you are there beside Early. I love a good historical fiction novel. T he gaggle of people travelling is rooted in the mid 1800's and steeped in the get rich dreams of the Gold Rush. The rush of people from the east settling the west in their drive for riches shows the price that was paid. From burying loved ones on the way, to having hard won gold stolen, to a buffalo stampede and people facing the possibility of losing their farms due to greed and progress (the railroad) are all portrayed and plunk readers down in the era of westward expansion and the Colorado Gold Rush. Early experiences a heck of an adventure. Travelling in a wagon train to Colorado he gts his first sweetheart and learns how to fend for himself without his parents. The book is packed full of fiction adventure and historical fact. The only drawback was I listened to an audio version and was deprived of artwork that could have added to the educational and entertainment of reading about the well told fictional history. Read for entertainment or to had to a section of history taught in a classroom.. the book is highly recommended. ???? ½
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a school librarian, Avi has created another great book a reader just can't put down! The story takes you on a journey with Early and Lizzy to the gold hills of Colorado from the Iowa plains. From this you learn about a very important part of our history as a country and the settling of the west. Boomtowns and how present cities like Denver came to be and grew from the migration of many hopeful eastern emigrants hoping to get rich quick.
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