GENRE: YA Historical Fiction
About the Book
Travis Cooper was not meant to be a prospector. Small for his age, he has never been much help on the family farm in Missouri. How could he survive the journey west to take up such backbreaking work? But when he sees a copy of the California Star in the fall of 1848, everything changes. One shining word jumps off the page: GOLD! Now staying alive is a struggle. Keeping his partner from getting himself killed is even harder!
Read an Excerpt
Hillerman saw the young man’s hand fly up from his hip with a jerky motion. He thought at first the youth was pointing in anger at Linforth, but then saw the pistol and cried out an incoherent warning. His strangled voice was drowned out by the report of the pistol.
Linforth took a bullet in the upper back, its force hurling his body against the flank of a massive black ox. His arms flew up in the air, and he grabbed the animal for support, but as blood began to seep through his green hickory shirt, his body went limp. Losing his hold on the coarse hide, he slid under the animal. Both teams had jumped at the pistol’s report and now began to low in a distressed chorus. The black ox tried to twist its head around in the yoke to see what lay on the ground beneath him.
Hillerman stared in disbelief at the two teams of oxen obscuring his view of Linforth. For several seconds, despite what he had just witnessed, he waited for Linforth to stand up again and resume tugging at the animals. Emigrants from both lines rushed forward to get a better look.
“Stay here,” he said.
Travis stood pale and shaking, with no intention of moving a foot.
When Hillerman reached the scene, two men had already pulled Linforth out from under the black ox.
“He’s dead all right,” one said.
“We don’t know that for sure,” the other retorted. “Somebody fetch the doctor.”
“Hey! The killer is making a run for it. Somebody catch him!” shouted a third.
A very well-written and accurate historical account of the craziness and danger surrounding the gold rush. The young hero, Travis Cooper, is the embodiment of daring, albeit reckless, teen and adventurer who you will want to see succeed.
Author Brigid Amos does a great job of relaying the urgency of the people and the circumstances. Although geared to the young adult reader, this book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
I appreciated the balance between cold facts and entertaining storytelling. I would recommend this book to anyone searching for a good read for their teen, pre-teen, young adult, or just for themselves.
About the Author
Brigid Amos’ young adult historical fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Storyteller, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Words of Wisdom. Her first novel, A Fence Around Her, was published by Clean Reads in 2016. A produced playwright, she co-founded the Angels Playwriting Collective and serves on the boards of Angels Theatre Company and Women Writing the West. She is also an active member the Nebraska Writers Guild. Although Brigid left a nugget of her heart behind in the California Gold Country, most of it is in Lincoln, Nebraska where she currently lives with her husband.
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