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Fiction Ages 8-11
Pages: 128
Themes: Friendship, courage, the Gold Rush
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2006
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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.

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"  | 2006 | Commended
CCBC Our Choice  | 2007 | Commended


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