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Gold Rush Fever

A Story of the Klondike, 1898

by (author) Barbara Greenwood

illustrated by Heather Collins

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2001
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2001
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2001
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


The year is 1898. Over the last decade, North America has been ground down by a depression. Wages are low, jobs are scarce and people are getting desperate. Although Aunt Rachel isn't happy about 13-year-old Tim and his older brother, Roy, heading off to the Klondike Gold Rush, the possibility of striking it rich is hard to resist. Tim and Roy begin their trek to the Yukon filled with excitement. Little do they suspect the harsh realities they'll have to face: blinding snowstorms, raging rapids, backbreaking work and bitter disappointment.

In this unique book, each chapter is followed with factual information, illustrations and photographs of the people and places of the time. In addition, easy-to-do activities help bring the historical period to life.

About the authors

Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Barbara Greenwood's profile page

Heather Collins brings Come Sit By Me alive with the colourful illustration style for which she has become known. Her popular children's picture book credits include Whoosh I Hear a Sound!, The Bare Naked and A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 for which She won both the Information Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award. When she's not illustrating in her attic studio in Toronto, Heather can be found spending time with her two children and her husband.

Heather Collins' profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Well-researched and well-designed books like this remind us of exactly what gave rise to the persistent Klondike legends of today.

Quill & Quire

Through a comfortable combination of fiction and nonfiction, this book presents the life of a young miner during the Klondike gold rush between 1897 and 1899. Between sections of the story are pages discussing everything from the supplies needed for the trip to gambling in the town of Dawson to methods of mining and panning for gold. In addition to period photographs, excellent shaded pencil drawings appear throughout the book.


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