Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush

Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush


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Here is a compelling middle grade nonfiction tale of how one classic writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature, punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material.

Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold—the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805097573
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Peter Lourie has written many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers. A true adventurer, he has traveled all over the world to research his subjects—from the cloud forest of Ecuador in search of Inca treasure, to Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya on the Ethiopian border, to Tierra del Fuego, and the jungles of Rondonia, Brazil. He is the author most recently of three books about the Arctic: The Polar Bear Scientists, Whaling Season, and Arctic Thaw. He lives in Vermont with his family.

Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including Robert Burleigh's Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, If You Spend a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond and Edward Hopper Paints His World, as well as the New York Times–bestselling Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 August 7-September 8, 1897: From the Coast of Alaska over the Mountains to Lake Lindeman

The Trail Begins 3

Cheechako 15

Oyster Pirate and Sailor 21

Dead Horses 28

Sheep Camp 31

Tarwater 36

The Scales 38

Down to Lindeman 46

Part 2 September 9-October 16, 1897: Down the Yukon River to Split-Up Island

Building and Launching the Boats 55

More Lakes 61

Miles Canyon and Whitehorse Rapids 63

Lake Laberge 69

Tributaries Spitting Ice 73

Split-Up Island at Stewart River 75

Part 3 Late October-December 2, 1897: Dawson

The City of Gold 83

The Bond Brothers and Their Cabin 91

Lingering in Dawson 95

Big Alec McDonald, King of the Klondike 98

The Dogs of Dawson 100

Part 4 December 3, 1897-late January 1898: Henderson and the Creeks

Henderson Creek 107

Cabin Living 109

Working the Mine 115

Friendships in the Cold 121

Scurvy in the Creeks 128

Part 5 March-July 1898: Heading Home Down the Long Yukon River

Ice Breakup and Leaving the White Silence 135

Dawson One Last Time 140

Father Judge and His Hospital 142

Shoving Off 144

Home 1898-1899 Capturing the Klondike in Stories 151

Afterword 155

Notes from the Author 161

Notable Places 170

Jack London's Writing 173

Jack London Time Line 175

Glossary 179

Jack London Bibliography and Sources 185

Index 188

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