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Down the Yukon

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  222 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The great race across Alaska!As Dawson City goes up in flames, Jason Hawthorn itches to join the new rush for gold in Nome, 1,700 miles away. He and his brothers have been cheated out of their sawmill, so when a $20,000 prize is announced for the winner of a race to Nome, Jason enters. His partner in the canoe is Jamie Dunavant, the adventurous girl he loves. Will they mak ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 16th 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 2001)
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1Grose B
Dec 14, 2015 1Grose B rated it liked it
Down the Yukon is a novel by Will Hobbs. It follows the story of a boy named Jason and his brothers who are living in Dawson City. They have a family sawmill called Hawthorn Brothers Sawmill that they own together, where they work to make a living. Then one day the brothers were out at a restaurant eating, they are just having a regular nice time until they notice a man who is kicking a dog, so then Ethan, who is the oldest brother, tells the man not to kick the dog. They begin to get into a fig ...more
Dakota Clark
Down the Yukon is a novel about a young man named Jason who needs to win a race on the Yukon river to get back his sawmill that his btother gambled away. Along the way, Jamie Dunavant, who he loves, joins him and they face many obstacles on their journey to Nome. I, personally, was a fan of this book because I have always loved anything that has to do with the outdoors. Down the Yukon also contained a lot of action to keep the reader interested. The author could have had more round characters to ...more
Derik LeCaptain
Down the Yukon is a very exciting book taking place during the end of the Klondike and Yukon gold rushes in the late 1800's. The story is about Jason Hawlthorn a young boy who is caught up in the life of becoming a millionaire gold miner in the vast north. Soon though word spreads about another gold rush in the town of Nome. Nome is right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and is crawling with gold everywhere from the Nome harbor to all of the small creeks and streams around it. Jason eventually g ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 10, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: After reading Jason's Gold, I promised ds I would read the sequel to him sometime and here we are finally getting to it. A year and a half later! But he's more mature for Hobbs now and he wants me to read more books by him.

Though the word Yukon is in the title, it refers to the river not the territory, so don't mistake this book as taking place in Canada. The first in this series (and I'd say it's important to read them in order to get the full value of this sequel) takes pla
Nick Burt
Jan 24, 2013 Nick Burt rated it really liked it
Down The Yukon By Will Hobbs. The book Down the Yukon written by Will Hobbs is a book that I enjoyed reading.The book Down the Yukon begins by a male and a female that enter a race on a canoe to win a $2000.00 dollar cash prize. But they keep getting side tracked by other problems on their way down the yukon. The overall lesson the author wants the reader to take from this book is that two friends entered a race down a river in a canoe for a $2000.00 dollar grand prize. The people in front of th ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Ryan rated it it was ok
I didn't really like the book Down The Yukon that much. It was a good book but it didn't really get into detail's to good. Also, I sort of got bored when i was reading it sometimes. I would recommend to people if they like long adventure story's. I liked what happened and how the author explained things but it was boring at times.
May 19, 2015 Leeann rated it really liked it
Like Jason's Gold, Down the Yukon is high adventure. This sequel comes complete with a villain who eventually gets what is coming to him, an endearing little dog, and a satisfying romance. All this set in the untamed Klondike and Alaskan interior during the historic gold rush era. After meeting Jason Hawthorn in the first book I enjoyed following him into adulthood.
My book, Down the Yukon, by Will Hobbs is about two young adults, Jason and Jamie, who enter a canoe race down the Yukon all the way to Nome, Alaska. It is a story about what they went through, their trials and finally their triumphs. This book is a parallel culture book that includes Canadian Americans and many more. The setting was up in the Klondike. The author was very descriptive in all five senses. It felt like I was in the canoe with them. The characters the author chose fit well with the ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that it would get at least a four star because how the author described they book. EX. When the building went on fire he said all you can see is the thick dense black smoke for miles away. When they were in the fire all you could hear is they popping of the wood, seeing the planks fall around you. All you could see was nothing cause the smoke was really dense. IS that good descriptive or what to me that is. I would recommend it to the people who like to read survival because they were li ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Seth rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Jason Hawthorn is a young man who lives in Dawson City, Canada. When his three brothers who he owns a saw mill with end up losing it Jason wants to buy it back. So he and his girlfriend find out about Nome, Alaska where gold is being found and they decide to go and stake some land for themselves. They end up in a large race with hundreds of other boaters and canoers to race to Nome. I found this book absoulutely amazing because its really adventerous and fun to see what happens. It is indeed an ...more
Sandra Strange
Jason’s brother makes an enemy of a con man who eventually tricks him into signing over the boys’ sawmill. Jason and his true love, Jamie Dunavant, see a chance to buy it back with Jason’s share of the $20,000 prize for winning a race from Dawson City to Nome, 1700 miles away. Lots of adventure will keep reluctant readers on track in this novel laced liberally with historical detail about the Yukon gold rushes at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th Century. Positive.

Feb 08, 2011 Dotty rated it really liked it
Jason and Jamie have both been swindled and decide to enter a race from Dawson City to Nome and hope to win $20,000. Along the way they must contend with danger from the river, animals and man.

As a sequel to Jason’s Gold this can stand alone but there is evidence of the previous book as the reader is brought up to speed. It wasn’t too annoying and actually made me want to read the first book.
Mara N.
Oct 23, 2009 Mara N. rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
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Levi K
Mar 08, 2011 Levi K rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very action packed. There was always something going on. They did talk about gold mining. They brought up south Dakota. The characters were very likable. The book though was kind of on and off topic with things. There were some very exciting things and some downer as well.
Aug 03, 2008 K. rated it liked it
Fun YA adventure book. On 9 yob's shelf--but would recommend it to an older YA audience because of the "romance." An unmarried couple, 16 yob & 15 yog race from Klondike to Nome, Alaska to claim a prize and win back family property. Told my boy to pass on this one.
Mike Concilla
Sep 30, 2013 Mike Concilla rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book, it was so interesting. It had a huge race and criminals and it even had a dog who would do anything its owner needed. Another reason I liked this book was that it had a great plot and was full of action
Tom Hames
Jul 06, 2009 Tom Hames rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished Jason's Gold I found myself wanting to read more. Thankfully, the author felt the need to write a sequel. I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first one.
Jan 23, 2009 Dalton rated it it was ok
This was about the journey of young adults to recieve their mill back after losing it in a fight. It wasn't exactly of interest to myself so I don't remember it very well.
Jan 26, 2012 J rated it liked it
Will Hobbs has written great books for "tweens" who are like adventure and suspense but are not ready for longer more complicated books.
Aug 31, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This and "Jason's Gold" couldn't be more up my ally. Naturally, I loved it.
Jan 17, 2008 Mj rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Jason's Gold. It's awesome and highly recommended!
Dec 09, 2009 Gwennie rated it it was amazing
Part two of Jason's Gold, another Logan treat. Great ending!
Feb 19, 2009 Colter rated it really liked it
love this book grat for 7th graders or younger or older
Jul 09, 2009 Collin rated it really liked it
Shelves: realisticfiction
wow. it was actually pretty good.
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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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