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Publisher: Western Reflections Publishing Company,
Summary: It is the summer of 1873. Daniel Blair (age 11) and his family had just moved to Golden, Colorado from Denver with the hope of striking it rich. Daniel’s father was killed when a supply wagon came tumbling down the mountain. Daniel and his Mom think Zeke Wilson, a neighbor, knows more about the crash than he is willing to share. Determined to solve the mystery of his father’s death, Daniel searches for answers and hopes persistence will pay off. This is a mystery for young readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a simple tale. Although the story is fiction, the location, characters, and events are based on historic fact. The author integrated actual photos of the period to add authenticity to the story.
Pros: Using photos, prints, and newspaper articles of the times and introducing historic characters (e.g.,) Adolph Coors, the author gives the reader an authentic snapshot of life in the gold rush era.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book series sheds light on the past by providing interesting stories that are based on historic accuracy.
Educational Themes: This book and the series of which it is a part offer a fascinating way to cultivate an appreciation for the past. With few exceptions, historic literature tends to be dry and esoteric and therefore has a limited readership. This is not one of those books.