Though listed for this age level, the story itself has appeal for somewhat younger children than the vocabulary would indicate. So make it about 10-13. The unusual hero of this tale is a fire engine, the first steam fire engine brought to New York City (in 1858). A pair of knaves thought it pure gold and made off with it. The engine then began a curious career of its own,- star in a circus, part of a westward bound wagon train, bar for the men who used it against Indians, but and gold mine, and at last a fire engine again. In the course of these adventures, the Golden Flash shared adventures of young people in various parts of the country. Lynd Ward illustrations add to its unique quality. Rather specialized appeal.