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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Friendship, courage, the Gold Rush
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/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
"A straightforward adventure story [that] does a good job of portraying the difficulties involved in the trek to the gold fields. Recommended."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice  | 2007 | Commended
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2006 | Commended

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