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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Chris Dearing comes from a long line of losers and a history of bad luck that’s plagued the Dearing family for generations. His only hope runs through the wild rivers of the forbidding North. What is up there other than moose snot and mosquitos the size of bats, you ask? Gold. More specifically, a gold claim won and then lost by Chris’s grandfather, Wally Dearing.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Scholastic Canada Ltd.
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Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hits all the right notes: while laugh out loud funny in unexpected spots, it's a page-turner too, and decidedly unsentimental. That said, you can't help but want to give Chris a gentle hug for his terrible family situation and all his extraordinary antics to try to make it better. Refreshing and endearing, very well written and with moose snot! I started it today and needed to find out how it ended before going to bed. Brava, Natalie. ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story of boy meets world.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Mine! could be largely described as a picaresque road trip book for the 21st century, although in some ways it is very reminiscent of a 1930s screwball comedy or a French farce. With its cast of disparate characters and constant movement, the pace is fast and the language is lively. Chris Dearing, a teenager from a "loser" family is on a quest to change his personal circumstances which soon involve avoiding Family Service and the police. Chris sees his only hope in the Yukon where his grandfathe ...more
Philippa Dowding
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chris Dearing has a lot to deal with. His mother is gone to points unknown. His alcoholic dad is in jail for a few weeks and the landlord needs the rent. Social Workers are hot on Chris's heels ...

... and Chris wants to try to fix it all by reclaiming his family's gold mine claim outside Dawson that his grandfather was bilked out of decades before as a young man.

It's a lot for one boy to take on, but Chris Dearing is one plucky and kind, hilarious kid. He gets help from the local bar owner and h
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canlit-pub-2017
Chris is down on his luck; his mother has abandoned the family and his father uses the rent money for a good time at the bar. When Dad ends up in jail, Chris makes a run for it by convincing the local bar owner, Fiona to go to the Yukon to stake a land claim and hunt for gold. Now he only needs to make sure that CFS and the police don't catch up with him. This novel has an original and endearing cast of characters, both heroes and suspected villains. The tension mounts as more and more people be ...more
Mrs. Smith
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The balance between comedy and serious issues faced by a troubled teen were covered well in this book. There was an element of no way that hair brained scheme wouldn't happen and yet the possibility that it could, that I quite enjoyed. The storyline was serious, the storyline was funny, the plot hosted an array of interesting characters that had a great dynamic. It was put in the silver birch category for ages 9-12 but I thought it was more suitable for grade 7/8 despite there being nothing part ...more
Sylvia McNicoll
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Plucky Chris Dearling never seems to feel sorry for himself even though he thinks the only luck his family has is bad. When his dad goes to jail, Chris is hungry and lonely and washes dishes for a place to stay. But he plans big and sometimes fate even twists his way. Can he make his way to Dawson City and reclaim the gold stake his grandfather once lost? Despite a disadvantaged life, Chris Dearling manages to be hilarious as well as resourceful. "Do you know where the muffin man is? The muffin ...more
Miha Plesko
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A enjoyable and easy read. Well suited for the 2018/2019 Forest of Reading series.

I enjoyed the Canadian content and references in the book. The storyline reminded me of Holes, as there seemed to be some similar parallels being drawn.
This book was easy to get into, and engaged you early on. I felt as if the end of the book was rushed and didn't leave you with a fulfilling conclusion.

I hope that a sequel is written as I feel there are loose ends, or storylines that can be continued and fleshed ou
Karen Upper
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this laugh out loud funny story about onions, crazy cupcakes and rollicking rides in a bakery truck! Throw in a moose or two, and you cannot help but keep the pages turning!
This tale will leave you grinning!
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