In this riveting, true, action-packed middle-grade historical adventure, two friends rush with thousands of other prospectors heading north to claim their riches in the Klondike goldfields.
Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce journeyed north in the late 1800s to stake their claim in the Klondike goldfields. The two friends book passage on a northbound steamship, haul a year’s worth of supplies over steep mountain passes, and navigate 500 miles of treacherous lakes and rivers to reach their destination. This expedition is life threatening, but they make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet another young prospector, Jack London–all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold! Co-written by a great-newphew of Staney Pearce, this book includes their telegrams, diaries, and letters, as well as newspaper articles and photographs. An author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources encourage readers to dig deeper into the Gold Rush era.
About Call of the Klondike
As thousands head north in search of gold, Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce join them, booking passage on a steamship bound for the Klondike goldfields. The journey is life threatening, but the two friends make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet Jack London—all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold! A riveting, true, action-packed adventure, with their telegrams, diaries, and letters, as well as newspaper articles and photographs. An author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources encourage readers to dig deeper into the Gold Rush era.
Call of the Klondike has been awarded the 2014 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction.
“. . . An eye-opening work, which is a natural companion for Jack London’s Call of the Wild and other historical-fiction works about the Klondike gold rush.” –Booklist
* “A remarkable collection of documents paints a picture of the Klondike gold rush in vivid detail. . . Adding only transitional paragraphs, the authors skillfully arrange these letters plus diary entries, telegrams and Pearce’s articles for the Denver Republican to convey the men’s story in compelling, first-person voices. The attractive design incorporates intriguing pull-out quotes, maps, posters, documents and many well-chosen, captioned photographs, including one of Jack London, who camped near Pearce and Bond’s cabin . . . an excellent companion to The Call of the Wild. A memorable adventure, told with great immediacy.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“. . . this is excellent reading not only for interest, but also for support of the Common Core Standards as it is an excellent example of text complexity . . . ” –School Library Journal