THE KLONDIKE KID by Deborah Hopkinson

THE KLONDIKE KID

Sailing for Gold
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Hopkinson brings her sharp research and thoughtful storytelling to the story of the Klondike Gold Rush in the first of a planned series about Davey in Alaska. Eleven-year-old orphan David Hill lives with Mrs. Tinker in her Seattle boardinghouse, where he pays his way doing chores, finding boarders, and watching the ships sail in and out of Puget Sound. He has a secret dream, one that he can share with only Cook. He wishes to find his uncle Walt, who now lives in Alaska. He sends a letter to him, but never hears anything. He waits at the docks for boats from Alaska, and he scans the crowd for his uncle’s face. When he meets a photographer bound for the Klondike, Davey hatches a daring plan to stowaway on the ship, the Al-ki. The cliffhanger chapter endings, frequent realistic pencil sketches, and generous font that are the trademark of the Ready-for-Chapters series, along with Hopkinson’s eye for compelling historical details, make this particularly fine fare for beginning readers. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-86031-5
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Aladdin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2004




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