In this action-packed graphic novel, witness the discovery of gold at John Sutter's mill in 1848. Eye-popping, comic book-style artwork and easy-to-read, nonfiction text offer an appealing, accessible alternative for struggling and reluctant readers or any graphic novel fan. An additional information section provides key facts and further understanding, making this book a must-have in any home, classroom, or library.
About the Author
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
Table of Contents
Sutter's mill The secret is out The 49ers The search for gold.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Graphic novels often appeal to students who do not normally like to read traditional books. This will be exception! With a semi-crazed picture of John Sutter looking at gold on the cover, speech bubbles, and excellent drawings, students will gravitate towards this "graphic history" book. However, while reading this book, students will also consume a well-written nonfiction book full of historical information about the Gold Rush and how it changed California. Direct quotations from primary sources are used and at the end of the book, Doeden has included an extra information page, a glossary, an index, a bibliography, and a resource page for internet sites. Frenz's and Barnett's drawings capture the human emotions such as greed, anguish, dismay, and jubilation which must certainly have been present during this turbulent period.