A Tale of Gold
By Thelma Hatch Wyss
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9781416942122, 160pp.)
Publication Date: October 23, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! scream the headlines in July 1897, announcing the
discovery of gold in the Yukon. Fourteen-year-old James Erickson, alone
in the world after his father's death, is mesmerized when he sees the
first ship of prospectors enter the San Francisco harbor. Caught up in
the gold fever, he books passage on a steamer up to Alaska.
In Alaska, James meets Tip, a skinny boy who turns out to be a girl -- and
the only person James trusts to be his partner. Together they embark on a
treacherous trek over the mountains and down the river, battling rapids,
con men, and the cold. When their survival skills -- and their dedication
to each other -- are tested, James and Tip wonder whether their exhausting
journey will be worth it. Is their fortune waiting just beyond the next
bend? And what are they willing to risk to find out?
Fast-paced and vividly imagined, this is the gripping story of a young
man who follows his dreams. Thelma Hatch Wyss richly re-creates the harsh
experience of life on the Gold Rush Trail, weaving a tale of adventure,
peril, and ultimately, belonging.
Thelma Hatch Wyss lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author
of Here at the Scenic-Vu Motel, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults;
Ten Miles from Winnemucca, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a
Bank Street College Best Book of the Year; and on the McElderry list,
Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl, which won the Mountains &
Plains Independent Booksellers Association Regional Book Award and was on
the New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" list.