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Children's Nonfiction General

The Dreadful Truth: Gold Rush

by (author) Ted Staunton

illustrated by Remie Geoffroi

Publisher
Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Nov 2008
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780887807473
    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
    List Price
    $8.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
  • Reading age: 8 to 13

Description

The search for gold in Canada has resulted in misadventures in many unlikely places across the country. Ted Staunton tells the story of gold rush times across Canada with accounts that are funny and often fantastic. From odd black rocks concealing 'gold' on Baffin Island to glittering flakes found in Eldorado, Ontario and nuggets in Moose River, Nova Scotia there have been more fools than gold. Even when there really was lots of gold, like at the Klondike, the prospect of fast wealth drove men (and women) to surprising extremes.

Ted Staunton digs up quirky facts such as the different ways to find gold, and modern uses for the valuable stuff, including consumption. He explores just what is the secret of its appeal, and notes how (as the recent Bre-X scandal shows)gold continues to fascinate.

 

About the authors

 

TED STAUNTON a écrit plus de quarante livres jeunesse et a contribué à la sériepopulaire Seven. Il joue aussi de la musique folk et blues. Ted se rend souventdans des écoles et des bibliothèques canadiennes. Il donne aussi un cours derédaction au collège George Brown à Toronto. Quand il n’est pas plongé dans un livre, il fait souvent de la musique avec le Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band..

 

Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, What Blows Up in The Almost Epic Squad series, the picture book Friends for Real, illustrated by Ruth Ohi, and the coauthor of the non-fiction title It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . : Canadian Feats, Facts and Flubs, with his son Will. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto, and is a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. Visit him online at www.tedstauntonbooks.com.

 

Ted Staunton's profile page

REMIE GEOFFROI illustrates the Mish Mash page each month in chickaDEE Magazine. Before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator, he worked at an animation studio, a T-shirt company, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the National Post. His work has appeared in everything from Kayak Magazine to Report on Business and New York magazine. He lives in Ottawa.

Remie Geoffroi's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Ted Staunton has succeeded where many others have failed, he has made Canadian history interesting and exciting."

Highly recommended.

 

CM - Volume XV - Number 12

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