Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (November 1, 2012)
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Twelve-year-old Jeremiah “Jem” Coulter knows that Goldtown, California, has seen the last of the gold rush. But the flecks of gold he and an old prospector, “Strike,” find in their played-out claim on Cripple Creek spur Jem’s hope of striking it rich. In the meantime, he and his sister, Ellie, sell frog legs and firewood to bring in extra cash.
When Jem’s father accepts a job as sheriff of lawless Goldtown, Jem is suddenly saddled with an additional responsibility--to run their broken-down ranch. He faces a hard path as he tries to be a man and make his father proud, but then Cripple Creek mysteriously dries up and Strike suddenly disappears. Jem is determined to find out why. Can anything be worse than being a sheriff’s kid? Will outlaws use his father’s badge for target practice? Is that silver star just a target . . . or truly a badge of honor?
Readers ages 8 to 14 fell in love with Susan Marlow’s Circle C Adventures. Now the same adventurous spirit and historical lure are back in a brand new series featuring a new cast of characters and exciting escapades. As educational as it is entertaining, the Goldtown Adventures series is one the whole family will enjoy.
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The first book in the Goldtown Adventures series, Goldtown's boom days have been a distant memory. However, that didn't stop many determined miners from their dream of striking gold again. That included the Coulter family who owed Strike a lot, being they didn't know the first thing about mining when they first arrived, he taught them the ins-and-outs of prospecting.
Jem, sister Ellie, and their Pa who is the first sheriff of Goldtown, along with running the family ranch has a lot of responsibility since his wife passed. The brawling miners, Uppity townfolk, and just keeping his kids from playing hooky from school.
When stern and opinionated Aunt Rose and city boy cousin, Nathan arrive on the stagecoach to live with them, Jem and Ellie are none to happy about the situation, especially when Aunt Rose immediately changes the sleeping arrangement in their now-to-small home.
Jem is having a difficult time dealing with the fact that his Pa was now a sheriff. Not liking that he would have to set a good example being a sheriff's kid, but also all the worry praying his Pa would stay safe amidst all the dangers.
Jem, Ellie, and Nathan set off along the banks of Cripple Creek to try and find out why the the water level had dropped off significantly. When their horse stumbles, Ellie and Nathan take a fall and were bruised up. Their dog, Nugget also came back with a old bloody hat that looked to be Strike's. They took off following Nugget to see if they could find their friend. Getting deeper into the hills, they soon found an injured Strike. With dusk just around the corner, greenhorn Nathan sets off back to town to get help.
While going for more water, Jem runs across why Cripple Creek is so dry. Immediately, he realizes that not only him, but Strike and Ellie were in danger. Can they with the help of Pa rectify the situation? Will Pa's sheriff's badge end up being the Badge of Honor?
About the Author..
Susan K. Marlow, like Andi, has an imagination that never stops! Whether she's writing books, teaching writing workshops, or sharing what she's learned as a homeschooling mom, she's always on the lookout for a new story. The author of the Circle C Adventures and the Circle C Beginnings, Susan enjoys relaxing on her 14-acre homestead in the great state of Washington.
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