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Jason's Gold

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  752 ratings  ·  150 reviews
"Gold!" Jason shouted at the top of his lungs. "Read all about it! Gold discovered in Alaska!"

Within hours of hearing the thrilling news, fifteen-year-old Jason Hawthorn jumps a train for Seattle, stow away on a ship bound for the goldfields, and joins thousands of fellow prospectors attempting the difficult journey to the Klondike. The Dead Horse Trail, the infamous Chilk
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by HarperCollins (first published 1999)
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Lauren


I am not a big fan of Jason's Gold.
Jacob Joseph
The book was very boring in the middle, but the end got more interesting. There was also a lot of dying going on in the book. Overall the book wasn't really my type of book, and its was kind of boring.
Natalia
I just finished jasons gold and i dont remeber any of it
Brianna
I finally finished this terrible book!! This is the weirdest and worst book I ever read!!! I am glad it is over but in the end of the book, it got better.
Bridger Lytle
Jason's Gold, by Will Hobbs, si about a boy named jason who gets klondicitis. this book examines the American Dream adn shows the there's endless oppourtunity for those willing to work hard. It has realistic characters and a belivable setting. He gets delayed many times trying to get to the klondike river. this book is written in 3rd person. Eventually he has to winter below a set of rapids. this book is well written and the story flows nicely. I highly recomend this book to anyone looking for m ...more
Destiny Dickow
This book is unapealing to my taste of picking books. Plus the book is pretty much longer because of the small words!! It's was really slow while reading the book and everyone that said that you hated it I agree!!!!!!!!
Gina S.
HATE this book with all my life. I'm never going to think about this book ever more, even look at it.
Cayley Harris
In the book it wasn't that exciting because i got board during the book.
Juliette V
I think this book was ok. It's not my type of book at all! Well, I do like adventure books, but this wasn't a good one for me. The main characters in this book are Jason Hawthorn and Charlie. Jason Hawthorn hears news about a gold rush. Jason wants to go discover the gold rush in the Klondike. It is a big journey. Before his father died, he left him $500 for this big journey. You need many supplies to survive in the severe weather! You need food and water. A very special outfit to go in the weat ...more
Jadon Riggs
15 year old jason Hawthore is a boy that is always looking for adventure. in the first person story Jasons gold, young jason sets out to the klondike to strike it rich, along the way he faces many problems such as starvation and extreme cold. the story reads well and seems authentic, based on the authors large bank of backgroung reserch, also the characters are beleivable because they act the way people did in that time period. I think that this was a good book and, if you like to read about the ...more
Amy
Jason's Gold wasn't a bad story about the Klondike Gold Rush, and as a Seattleite I have to say that people here are particularly attuned to that gold rush. Our city would have never become anything but a backwater without that event. It put Seattle on the map. For that reason, I'd particularly recommend this book to kids who live in the Puget Sound area.

Jason's Gold is very much a story in the same vein as the classic adventure stories like The Call of the Wild, and White Fang (in fact, Hobbs p
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Ellen
Right off the bat, Jason's Gold reminded me of Jack London. For some readers, that would be a big plus. Unfortunately, I am not one of those readers. Since I know not all of my students will like the same books I do, I tried to see it from their eyes and started to enjoy it a little. It is an adventure story that tries to immerse the reader into the Klondike gold rush. Hobbs does a decent job of trying to show the get-rich-quick optimism/frenzy alongside the darker elements of theft, cruelty and ...more
Roberto Vitale
I didn't really like this book. I wouldn't recommend this book to most people. This book did not make any sense to me either. I would not read this book again. Only maybe two or three parts made sense or i liked it. I also thought that it was weird that everyone left him at the end. In conclusion I thought it was boring and not so good of a book.
Brynne
I HATE HATE HATE this book. It is about a guy who goes and tries to find gold, but all this bad stuff happens to him. I would not recommend this to ANYONE. So if you want to read it, because my description is "interesting" you will regret it.
Aaron Keyes


Terrible. this book really stinked, with crazy people putting pistols to their heads and drowning dogs, just messed up. I would NEVER ever read this without having to. no offense to people who like the book, it's just really bad.
Mika
Even though I'm way out of the age group for this book, I do enjoy reading young adult books from time to time. This one ... eh, not really my cup of tea. I was really excited to read my first book about the gold rush, but this story didn't deliver. I found parts of the book boring with no spark. While Jason was portrayed to be a responsible, driven young adult, at times he sure lacked common sense. At other times, Jason seemed wiser beyond his age. Just when I thought that the story was picking ...more
Jenny
Read this because my son is assigned this book in 6th grade. Not bad, but would rather jump straight to a Jack London novel
Nicolette
this is book was ok but i wish it had more excitement to it.
Julia
Overall, the book was ok. I think that it got better near the end
Maya
I bet it was common core. Jeez. Can I please have some actual literature? I think I'm old enough for better than this. A synopsis:

This guy, Jason Hawthorn, finds out about a gold rush in Alaska or Canada or something and is stupid enough to think he'll strike it rick. Spoiler alert: he doesn't strike it rick! Big surprise. So, he goes back home and is thinking "oh, I'll just borrow some of my brother's cash and I'm sure they won't mind cause DUH gold for us when I get rich!" but when he gets hom
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son as part of our history curriculum.

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Jason Hawthorn is on the other side of the country when he hears of the Klondike Gold Rush. The only adventurous one in the family he high tails it back to Seattle to convince his older brothers to stake him with their inheritance so he can go North. When he arrives home, he's astounded to find that his brothers were one of the first to leave for the Klondike and they left him a letter saying the
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Kristine
This book is definitely written for young readers, but even adults will learn a lot about the Alaskan gold rush from it. This is a fictitious story of Jason Hawthorn, a young boy who sets out to find his brothers and strike it rich in the early days of the gold rush. Many of the people and events recorded in the book are true, and in the end it is fun to read the "Author's Note" which tells which things are true and which are not. I read this book with a group of reading students who I would cla ...more
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Jack
Jason hawthorn is a 20 yearold boy with 3 brothers. he has moved away and is living by himself
when jason finds out about the gold rush in the klondike he jumps at working together a plane and is packing to see his brothers. he has 500 dallers from inharitece from his father.
when he gets to his brothers he is given a note that told him they had gotten tickets to a boat to alaska, taken his money, and promised to give him some of there earnings
Jason had to do somthing. he climbs secretly onto the
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Katie
Dec 05, 2011 Katie added it
Okay i just have to get this off of my chest, this book seemed to be about a really pathetic, inexperienced, kind of incompetent 18 year old man-boy. He is portrayed by the author as a kind, good-spirited gentleman. In hopes that we (the readers) would show empathy for him. no,that is honestly not possible. jason made way, way too many errors made in this book, errors that even some of the stupidest people would not make. For example: What would you do if you saw a highly dangerous, huge moose ...more
Cloe Stocking
In the book Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs it is about a boy named Jason who wants to make it big in the Alaska gold rush. His brothers also had the same idea, but they left without hime. He desided to still go and try to catch up with them. Along the way he maeets lots of people and faces many difficulties. I thought that this book was well written and felt very authentic. Will Hobbs was able to put detail that made you think that this really could happen adn made you really know what people travei ...more
Liz
The book, Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs, is a great example of the American Dream. It shows that people who work their hardest can reach their goals and dreams. Jason’s Gold starts out in June 1879 in New York City. The main character, Jason Hawthorne, is a fifteen year old boy that sells newspapers on the street of New York City. Exciting news just came in that there was a gold strike in Alaska and a boat full of gold is coming to the coast of Seattle. Everybody is packing up all they can bring to ...more
Neil Thompson
In this wild ride, adenture book a boy named Jason reads a newspaper finding out that there has been gold discovered in alaska. So he packs up and goes. He had to be a stowaway on a boat until he arrived. When he got there he had extremely few supplies, so he works for a group of two men packing their horses' saddle-bags properly. His group eventually turns back and he continues with 60 additional dollars. On his way he saves a husky from being drowned by a crazy man and names him King. Along th ...more
Fuji L.
The book, Jason's Gold, is a terrific book that includes about the American Dream and how America offers endless opportunity to those willing to work hard. Jason is traveling to the Yukon to get in on the Gold Rush. He makes new friends on the way and a new friend named King who is a dog. Will he get there on time and before winter? The plot is original and interesting because the setting is authentic and takes place in a real place, not to mention the plot has not been in any other books that h ...more
Kaitlin
This is a Historical Fiction book. By looking at the setting and events that happened it seemed realistic, but when I got to looking at the problems Jason had encountered it seemed a little far-fetched. Also you could tell it was fictional because it was written a century after the event happened. The characters fit the traits for that time period so it seemed like that time period.

The book <1>Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs is about the Alaskan Gold Rush in the late 1800's. Jason as the mai
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WILL HOBBS is the author of seventeen novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best You ...more
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