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Sailing for Gold

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Gold Rush!

Seattle, July 1897

Ever since his mother died, Davey has had a secret plan: He's saving his money so he can run away to Alaska to find Uncle Walt, the only relative he has. No one is going to stop him -- not even mean Mrs. Tinker, who owns the Seattle boardinghouse where Davey lives and works.

When gold is discovered in the Klondike, Davey is convinced that'

Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2003)
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Miss Amanda
gr 2-4 72pgs

1897, Seatle, WA. 11 year old orphan Davey works for room and board at boarding house, but he has big dreams. Every chance he gets, he does extra jobs to earn money for a ticket to Alaska. He's sure to find adventure and hopefully maybe his uncle and some gold of his own. When gold is discovered in Klondike, Seattle goes crazy with gold fever, Davey wonders if now's his chance to start his adventure.

Good story. Bk one of a trilogy
I originally read this book a couple of years ago for my 3rd grades since we studied this in our Social Studies unit and they really liked it. I read again this year and while it wasn't as such a big hit the kids did like it. This seems pretty accurate and the pictures and language are not boring but exciting for kids to listen to. The idea that the boy lived by himself in a boarding school and worked was a topic for discussion in both grade levels. We talked alot about the vocabulary and why th ...more
This is a excellent series for readers who are just at the chapter book level. Following Davey, a ten year old in Seattle right before the big Klondike Gold Rush hits, the author does a excellent job of putting the reader in Davey's life and times. A nice addition of illustrations gives the reader a added bonus. A very interesting story, filled with interesting characters, young readers will enjoy reading how Davey plans on escaping to the wonders of Alaska and GOLD!
The Klondike Kid Book One: Sailing for Gold is the first of three books in the series that follow Davey to Alaska in 1897 in search of his father and fortune. This is a great beginning read for both boys and girls though it might appeal to boys since it has a strong young mail character in Davy. Nice chapters and 63 pages make up this Ready-to-Read Chapter book.
The 1897 Klondike gold rush is the setting for this exciting historical adventure called Sailing for Gold, The Klondike Kid Trilogy #1.
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