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Klondike Cat, The

by Julie Lawson, illustrated by Paul Mombourquette

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list price: $16.95
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published: Sep 2002
ISBN:9781553370130
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Noah and his pa prepare to join the thousands of gold seekers heading for the Klondike. Pa insists the journey will be too long and too hard for a cat, but Noah just can’t leave his pet, Shadow, behind. When Pa discovers the stowaway, Noah promises that Shadow will earn her keep. Will the cat be the burden Pa supposes, or will she prove to be worth her weight in gold?

Filled with exciting real-life history and adventure, The Klondike Cat gives readers a unique glimpse into a time when hopes were high, dreams were big and golden opportunities came in all shapes and sizes.

A historical note at the end of the story provides further information about this dramatic chapter of North American history.

About the Authors

Julie Lawson is the author of more than twenty children's and young adult titles. Her books have won the Sheila A. Egoff Literature Prize and been nominated for numerous awards, including various Forest of Reading Awards and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Paul Mombourquette is an award-winning children's book illustrator. He has illustrated several books including Fog Cat, Emma and the Silk Train, and Klondike Cat. Paul is a computer animator and works for Disney Interactive Studio. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Winner, Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Short-listed, The Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Award
Editorial Reviews

This book would be an excellent historical fictional read to introduce a unit on the Yukon gold rush. Recommended

— Library Media Connection

There are many ways to make your fortune, as a boy and his father serendipitously find when they relocate to the Klondike wilderness during the gold rush. Noah disobeys his father’s wishes by bringing the family cat, Shadow, on the arduous journey to their new home in gold country. There is no room for sentimentality in the Klondike, and Lawson never mentions what has happened to the mother, but she uses other realistic touches such as the kitty disappearing into the ship on the first leg of the trip, creating a believable slice of robust American pioneer history. Mombourquette’s illustrations are broad brushed and colorful, evoking the gritty spirit that opened this last frontier. A lengthy historical note includes a synopsis of the actual history of the territory and era addressed in the story.

— Kirkus Reviews

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