Living in poverty in Phoenix, Arizona in 1884, Jacob Waltz is the true-life old miner who has prospected for gold across America for his entire life, and failed. Then one day a friend from New Orleans comes to Waltz by night with an amazing story about a rich gold mine in the mysterious Superstition Mountains fifty miles east of Phoenix. But he says there’s a problem with the map, and a danger in staking a claim, so it all must be done in secret. Reluctantly, Waltz accepts the invitation to guide his new partner and another man into the mountain range to the valley of the great peak, even though the hostile Apaches hold the Superstition Mountains sacred. Trouble ensues when two more strangers come to Phoenix, asking questions about Jacob Waltz and his new friends. Follow Jacob Waltz into the dark canyons of the Superstition Mountains and witness the legendary discovery of “the richest gold mine in the world.”
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About the Author
Mark Squires worked in concrete construction for 20 years before becoming a teacher at Pima High School in Pima, Arizona, where he taught English for 14 years. Currently, he is the principal at Pima Junior High. He has a Bachelors Degree in Education with majors in History and English, and he has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He has been married to Nanette Haws Squires since 1979. For much of his life, Squires lived in Mesa, Arizona, a few miles from the Superstition Mountains where he often hiked. He read many of the documentary-style books about the fabled Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, which eventually led to the writing of the novel The Dutchman. Before acquiring a permanent teaching job, Squires was a substitute teacher for several school districts, and he met a variety of teachers, some of whom were burnt out and miserable. This spawned the idea of a teacher who hates students, and who is forced to coach a track team with a wild mentally-disabled boy. The result is The Great Teeth of the Young Lions, a novel that confronts the demands of love and the challenges of being a teacher.