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Sailing for Gold

Sailing for Gold

Illustrated by: Bill Farnsworth
For Ages: 6 - 9
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Gold Rush!
Seattle, July 1897

Ever since his mother died, Davey has had a secret plan: He's saving his money so he can run away to Alaska to find Uncle Walt, the only relative he has. No one is going to stop him -- not even mean Mrs. Tinker, who owns the Seattle boardinghouse where Davey lives and works.
When gold is discovered in the Klondike, Davey is convinced that's where he'll find his uncle. But then Davey's money disappears, and with it his hopes of finding his uncle -- until Davey comes up with a new, much more dangerous plan.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 64 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439113523 | 
  • May 2010 | 
  • Grades 1 - 4
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Chapter One: I Have a Secret Plan

As soon as my chores were done, I rushed up the narrow stairs to my attic room and ran to the window.

It was only a tiny window. But from it, over the jumble of Seattle rooftops, I could see the waters of Puget Sound.

I spent hours alone here. Sometimes I sat with my pencil and paper, sketching the busy harbor or the snow-tipped mountains in the distance. Mostly, like now, I watched for boats.

Was that a steamship coming in? If only I had a pair of binoculars. I squinted to be sure. Yes, a large steamship was headed for the docks.

I'd have to run down the hill to get there in... see more

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson
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Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at




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