28th out of 30 books — 14 voters
The rush to the gold fields of California is on in the lawless year of 1849, and Will Dwinelle has joined the adventurers. Will and his friend Ben brave the shorter but more dangerous route to the West&150across the isthmus of Panama, to the sultry menace of Panama City, and then by sea to San Francisco. Astonishingly, Will is not in search of gold in California. He's...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Viking Juvenile
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Michael Cadnum wrote this adventure novel of 209 pages around a young explorer from Pennsylvania in 1850. Readers follow his first person account of trudging through Panama to reach Sacramento and search for gold. Of course, he is challenged each day and reacts with courage and humility. The trek also includes a jilted female friend back home, a suitable evil peer, and the history from the period and place. Cadnum does a good job with excitement and reaction to adversity. Will Dwinelle, the prot...more
Michael Cadnum is the author of over thirty books. He lives in Albany, California, with his wife Sherina.More about Michael Cadnum...