Sailing for Gold (Book One of the Klondike Kid Series)

  • Sailing for Gold (Book One of the Klondike Kid Series)

April 2004
Perfection Learning
Ages 4-8

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's where he'll find his uncle. But then Davey's money disappears, and with it his hopes of finding his uncle -- until Davey comes up with a new, much more dangerous plan.


From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-Orphaned Davey lives in Seattle near the turn of the 20th century and does chores for a nasty landlady. He longs to find his Uncle Walt and has been saving his money for a ship's passage to Alaska. Then news of the discovery of gold in the Klondike hits the city and pandemonium ensues. Throngs of people get gold fever and set forth to seek their fortunes. During this time, Davey's money is stolen and he must stow away on a ship heading toward the Klondike. At this point, this first book in a new trilogy ends; readers must wait for the next installment to find out Davey's fate. Plot development moves quickly, keeping the book interesting. Large print and a smattering of black-and-white drawings make the book more accessible, but the abrupt "ending" is apt to discourage reluctant readers, rather than make them want to read more. Buy only if you plan to get the entire series.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist
Gr. 2-4. The 1897 Klondike gold rush is the setting for this exciting historical adventure, the first of the Klondike Kid trilogy in the Ready-for-Chapters series. Orphan David Hill, 11, tells how Seattle is suddenly mobbed with desperate, greedy "stampeders" from everywhere on their way to find gold. The brave kid stows away on a boat bound for Klondike not to make his fortune but to search for his uncle, his only surviving family. Hopkinson wrote the excellent nonfiction immigration history, Shutting Out the Sky (2003), a 2003 Booklist Editors' Choice, and here she once again draws on careful research to create an authentic sense of the time and place, including some real characters and events, while Farnsworth's full-page pencil illustrations capture the feverish excitement on the streets as well as David's yearning for home. The facts are astonishing: for example, prospectors were told to take a year's supply of food for the 800-mile journey ahead of them. The last words are "To be continued," and readers will want to know what happens next. A map would have been helpful. Hazel Rochman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title