Caroline Davis

By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman

In Books on March 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Summary: The year is 1849, and when Aunt Arabella is in danger of having to sell her house, Jack Flagg and his faithful butler, Praiseworthy, jump on a ship leaving Boston for the gold country of California. After an eventful voyage that takes them around the tip of South America, the duo land in San Francisco and make their way to the Sierras, where they hope to strike it rich and save Aunt Arabella’s house. One thing they are sure to find is adventure!

Highlights: By the Great Horn Spoon is a fun read that captures the excitement of the Gold Rush. Jack and Praiseworthy meet a host of wild characters, from grizzled but honest miners, to a devious crook named Cut-Eye Higgins. They have a series of capers, and when they find themselves in trouble, Praiseworthy (who is always calm and unconcerned about their dilemmas) often has an ingenious solution for their problems. A humorous and exciting look at the Gold Rush, which younger “tweens” in particular will enjoy.

Extras:

Sid Fleischman’s Official Website

Sid Fleischman Obituary (LA Times)

Other Reviews:

@ Here in the Bonny Glen

@ Inspired to Read

@ Back to Books

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