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Call of the Klondike

A True Gold Rush Adventure

David Meissner, Kim Richardson


List Price: 16.95*
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Paperback (8/13/2019)


Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction

The remarkable tale of two young men during the Klondike Gold Rush, told through first-hand diaries, letters, and more—“excellent reading” for middle grade fans of The Call of the Wild and adventure stories (School Library Journal)

As thousands head north in search of gold, Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce join them, booking passage on a steamship bound for the Klondike goldfields. The journey is life threatening, but the two friends make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet Jack London—all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold!
A riveting, true, action-packed adventure, with their telegrams, diaries, and letters, as well as newspaper articles and photographs. An author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources encourage readers to dig deeper into the Gold Rush era.

Praise For Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure

". . . An eye-opening work, which is a natural companion for Jack London's Call of the Wild and other historical-fiction works about the Klondike gold rush." --Booklist

* "A remarkable collection of documents paints a picture of the Klondike gold rush in vivid detail. . . Adding only transitional paragraphs, the authors skillfully arrange these letters plus diary entries, telegrams and Pearce's articles for the Denver Republican to convey the men's story in compelling, first-person voices. The attractive design incorporates intriguing pull-out quotes, maps, posters, documents and many well-chosen, captioned photographs, including one of Jack London, who camped near Pearce and Bond's cabin . . . an excellent companion to The Call of the Wild. A memorable adventure, told with great immediacy." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

". . . this is excellent reading not only for interest, but also for support of the Common Core Standards as it is an excellent example of text complexity . . . " --School Library Journal

Calkins Creek, 9781590788233, 168pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

About the Author

David Meissner has travelled to more than thirty countries and is obviously no stranger to adventure. While researching this book, he hiked the Chilkoot Trail from Alaska into Canada. David is a teacher who has written more than twenty children's books.

Kim Richardson is the great-great nephew of Stanley Pearce, whose Klondike adventures inspired this book. He has travelled to five continents and otherregions of the earth. Kim is a haiku poet and works in children's publishing. He lives with his family just outside London, England.