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Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0805097570
LANGUAGE:English

"I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush tells the story of well known author Jack London and the time he spent as a miner during the gold rush of the 1890s. While London never struck it rich-in terms of gold-he returned home with stories and experiences that found their way into his best selling novels and short stories.
Laurie relates London's time in the Klondike in rich detail, using first person accounts and period photographs to bring it to life. It was not easy going for London, but his refusal to give up in the face of incredible hardship is impressive. Lovers of adventure and literature alike will enjoy reading about Jack London's early life and his time spent prospecting. Readers unfamiliar with the Gold Rush or Jack London will find help at the back of the book in the form of a notable places list, a timeline and a glossary.
My one complaint with the book is its jumpyness. One moment Jack would be struggling up an frozen mountain and then suddenly, he's a child in California. The back story on London's life is interesting, but it doesn't mesh well with his adventures as a stampeder.
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" Good for young readers of informational text. I personally enjoyed the setting and adventure element of the story. I will be adding this title to my classroom library. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. " said.

" Well researched. Excellent adventure! A great introduction for young readers to Jack London's Klondike tales. Especially good companion book for The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Don't miss this one! " said.

" Reviewed for professional publication. " said.

"This book has broad appeal as a biography (while it only covers one year in London's life flashback provide information about what would drive him to go hunting for gold), a grand adventure (there are all kinds of near-death experiences for London and his pals as well as real ones shared around camp fires and in saloons, etc, and a close up picture of an important historical event in American life (lots of photographs supplemented by Wendell Minor's illustrations that emphasize certain details). An effortless read in terms of the interest and pacing sure, you can't miss recommending this one. " said.

"A really entertaining, solid biography. More importantly this is a book with lots of potential. I say potential because this is the type of book I would want to carry; the reason is: it is a teaser for readers and creates in them an appetite to read more Jack London books and books on the gold miners. What more can you ask for in a book than to motivate a reader to read more!!! I came away with the desire to get as many Jack London stories as possible and consume them. Adventure, risk, GOLD, outdoors living, no showering for months! Jack London is like a superman carrying a literal ton of supplies over a mountain in the hopes of discovering gold. I’ve tried to imagine the hardship that one went through just to get to the gold fields; like the cold, mosquitoes, food shortages, lack of shelter, madness, death…but it is difficult to comprehend. I especially LOVED the black and white photos which are dispersed frequently throughout the text. In addition to the Black and white photos, there are illustrations and maps. The back-end of the book has a time line, glossary, bibliography, list of books London wrote and websites related to Jack London. It’s amazing to me that this man who accomplished so much only lived to the age of 40!

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" Enjoyable, quick read. Tough to discern truth from fiction; wish it had appropriate footnotes. " said.

"Author Jack London is revered by his adventure stories set in the great outdoors along the Klondike trail. The first American author to earn $1 million from his writing during the twentieth century, his stories and books have stood the test of time, and readers still savor the realistic descriptions found in his short story"To Build a Fire," and his books, Call of the Wild, and White Fang. This account of London's life covers an important year in the future writer's life, from August 1897 to July 1898, when the twenty-one-year-old caught gold rush fever and headed to Alaska with his elderly brother-in-law. The book describes in vivid detail the trials and tribulations London and his crew endured as they had to deal with harsh weather conditions that made travel challenging, and they had to carry all their supplies with them. Once Jack reached his destination and staked a claim, he was unsuccessful in finding any gold, but as the author points out, he found gold of a very different kind--the inspiration and material for the writing material that would make him famous. Not only is the description of this pivotal year captivating, but it is accompanied by several archival black and white photographs that enable readers to put themselves in Jack's shoes and imagine how desperate the men who went north to Alaska were to find gold for themselves and how few of them succeeded. There are even photographs and a slight mention of the environmental cost of mining for gold. Many middle grade readers will be riveted by the stories in this book and wish to know more about London. The many resources provided in the back matter give them a place to satisfy their curiosity. I already appreciated London's work, but this book made me appreciate it even more and wonder about how it would have been possible to survive under the conditions described here. " said.

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