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The Gold Rush Kid

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The Gold Rush Kid

by

Mary Waldorf

 

 

Historical fiction, adventure

 

 

Subjects you'll come across in this book:

 

  • Klondike River Valley
 
  • prospecting for gold
  • sibling relationships
 
  • gold discoveries
  • frontier settlement
          
  • mountain travel
  • frontier newspapers
 
  • lawlessness
  • dogs
 
  • trailblazing

 

 


"Even more than the grim, realistic historical adventure, it's the family story that will hold readers, especially Billy's battles with his angry sister, both of them mean and hostile as they try to cope with their sorrow and with the daily struggle for survival in the frontier town." (Booklist, 2008)[1]  

 

 

After their mother dies in 1897, 12-year-old Billy McGee and his 16-year-old sister Edna, who is disguised and traveling as "Ed," leave Skagway, Alaska, in search of their father, who has gone farther north to prospect for gold in Canada's Yukon Territory.   

 

 

 

Of note:

  • 232 pages, published in 2008
  • The author had a personal connection to Skagway, Alaska.  Her mother grew up there.
  • The book contains a map that shows the characters' travels.
  • The locations are real.  There really was a Dead Horse Trail, Sheep Camp, and Chilkoot Trail, for example.
  • Some characters are based on real people, like Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, a gang boss who controlled businesses in various frontier towns.
  • Dyea (a town and a river) is pronounced "die-ee."

 

 

Klondike/Yukon Territory

 

 

Dyea Trail

 

 

 

 

Dyea Flats

 

 

Dead Horse Trail

All photos from Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

 

Has many links and photos about Klondike trails and towns.  View the Boom Town slideshow in the Photos & Multimedia tab.

Klondike Gold Rush Yukon Territory

 

Contains links to info about the miners (also called "stampeders"), area maps and trails, and photo collections.
Alaska's Gold 
Contains photos, info about traveling to and living in the Klondike, gold mining and gold discoveries, children in the gold rush, early newspapers, the White Pass, mail carriers, dogs, and other topics that Mary Waldorf researched and wrote about in The Gold Rush Kid.

 

Gold Rush photographs from the Alaska State Library

 

 

 

Women of the Klondike

 

 

Provides historical background about women in the area.

 

Gold Rush Centennial Photographs 1893 - 1916

 

From the Alaska State Library

 
 

 

Skagway, Alaska

 

Skagway, Alaska

 

Soapy Smith Gang

All photos from Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

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Footnotes

  1. Review excerpt and cover image from www.bcplonline.org.
  2. URL: http://animoto.com/play/ALLKPGxcJEGnWHBZrl3PFg

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