Here is a compelling middle grade nonfiction tale of how one classic writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature, punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material.
Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold--the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold.
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About the Author
Peter Lourie has written many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers. A true adventurer, he has traveled all over the world to research his subjects--from the cloud forest of Ecuador in search of Inca treasure, to Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya on the Ethiopian border, to Tierra del Fuego, and the jungles of Rondonia, Brazil. He is the author most recently of three books about the Arctic The Polar Bear Scientists, Whaling Season, and Arctic Thaw. He lives in Vermont with his family.
Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including Robert Burleigh's Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, If You Spend a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond and Edward Hopper Paints His World, as well as the New York Times-bestselling Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People: Selector's Choice
An Evanston Public Library Best Book of the Year
"In visceral descriptions, Lourie recounts the treacherous, backbreaking 500-mile trek up mountains and down rivers . . . Minor lends atmospheric sketches, but the numerous archival photos add a greater perspective of the time. Copious back matter, including information on First Nations of the area, provides more facts about London's journey. Rich in details for social studies and language arts."--Booklist, starred review
"Lourie's captivating tale of the grueling experiences behind London's crystalline prose testifies to his endurance. Minor's windswept spot illustrations augment archival and modern photos and other supplemental material."-Publishers Weekly
"A gripping and harrowing true adventure story and a penetrating look into the formative experiences of a writer, one of the first to become a worldwide celebrity."--Kirkus Reviews
"A fantastic work"-VOYA
"This will scratch the itch for readers who love a great true adventure tale."--The Bulletin
". . .Effectively balances fact, lesson, and suspense"-School Library Journal