Big Kids-Juvenile Fiction
At the start of the Klondike gold rush of 1897, while traveling through Canada with her father, uncle and friends, twelve-year-old aspiring author Hetty tries to determine the identity of a thief.
Gr. 5-8. In September 1897, 12-year-old Hetty, her father, and Uncle Donall, as well as her best friend, Alma, and Alma's mother, join thousands of adventurers heading for the Klondike goldfields. Although the prospect of finding gold is alluring, the trip will be punishing; they must haul three tons of supplies through the mountains to the Golden Stairs, the final brutal ascent to Chilkoot Pass, and then 500 miles north to Dawson. What Hetty is not prepared for are problems that plague them from the minute they leave the steamer: supplies damaged by water, the thefts of money and small treasures, Uncle Donall's friendship with a wealthy socialite, illness, blizzards, and an avalanche. Steiner's adventure mystery is a real page-turner and a good addition to the History Mysteries series. She captures all the drama and danger of the Klondikers' trek and infuses it with just the right amount of historical details to give readers a satisfying, action-filled story. Chris Sherman
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