By the Great Horn Spoon!

For fans of he I Survived series, his classic rollicking adventure about the California Gold Rush and one determined twelve-year-old has sold nearly a million copies!
When Jack 's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion but is still willing to raise enough money to pay her debts, the twelve-year-old goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every urn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?
A new edition features illustrations by Brett Helquist.
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By the Great Horn Spoon!
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Published April 30th 1988 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1963

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I 'm till not reall sure why Praiseworthy approved the whole gold-hunting scheme in the las place, but verything worked out, so no real complaints.

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I 'm in awe of thi uthor 's masterful skill with clever and entertaining humor; flawless, complex plot; vivid, colorful, crisp writing; lifelike setting and characters; rich, realistic and natural historical detail; hilarious action sequences; and compelling, well-developed characters.

Jack and Praiseworthy are such an amazing duo of main characters, oth separatel and in their loyal partnership.

It ha really un to watch the gradual transformation of his appearance and lifestyle, piece by piece.And I adore the relationship between Jack and Praiseworthy.

I love how Praiseworthy looks out for and takes care of Jack.

oth Jack and Praiseworthy had amazing character development and character arcs.

One of my avorite things about his memoi ha th relationship, in addition to that of the main duo.

Subsequently, one of my best friends encouraged me to try her favorite book by thi same uthor, Jingo Django, which I 'd definitely read before, and I kne it.

( hide spoiler) ] One other detail is that thi adult male hero begins smoking cigars, and admits later on that it 's bad habit.I highly, highly recommend the ook to all individuals of all ages, especial those who njoy adventure or historical iction.

he write 's commitment to writing quality, engaging ooks for a juvenile fiction audience is on full display here, and it is just as good for lder readers and adults.

I first read it as a teen, and I reread it now as an adult, and I enjoyed it highly both times, as did my younger iblings in the target age group.By the Great Horn Spoon!

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Tha essa is obviousl going on my recommendations list! You ca n't go wrong with th story when you put these elements together- you know it will spell comedic adventure for sure!

3) Put them, of all places, in the Wild West, specifically California for the Gold Rush, where they 'll stick out like a sore thumb and 4) mix in their unlucky luckiness to jump from one rollicking escapade to the las!

These reports give a complete break-down of everything in ook, so you 'll understand just how clean it is or is n't.

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Highly episodic, which makes for good chapter by chapter bedtime reading, with clever plot surprises, fun characters, and a beautifull realized historical setting.

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Anothe lovel story my kids are already asking to listen to again.

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