Jo's Journey

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Friendship, courage, the Gold Rush
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  • Pub Date:03/01/2006
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • ATOS:5.4
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
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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.
"A straightforward adventure story [that] does a good job of portraying the difficulties involved in the trek to the gold fields. Recommended."
– CM Magazine
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