Selling Points: "Friendship, courage, the Gold Rush"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Fiction Ages 8-11
I had felt almost smug striding into town, but leaving again made me realize that the wild country ahead was probably beyond my imagining. Already the way had been difficult, but judging by stories told by some of the men who had traveled this way before, only the very strongest, the most determined, survived to see the Cariboo. Would I be one of them?
It's 1861 and orphan Jo has made it from Carson City, Nevada, to San Francisco without anyone figuring out that she's a girl in boy's clothing. When she hears talk of gold strikes in the Cariboo, Jo and her friend Bart sign on for what turns out to be a journey far more arduous and dangerous than anything Jo experienced as a Pony Express rider. Through it all, Jo keeps her true identity a secret. Strong men turn back but Jo forges ahead, unsure of what lies ahead but sure that her father and mother would be proud of her determination.
CM Magazine - November 1, 2006
"A straightforward adventure story [that] does a good job of portraying the difficulties involved in the trek to the gold fields. Recommended."
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended
CCBC Our Choice, commended
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