By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon!

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When Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion but is still unable to raise enough money to pay her debts, the twelve-year-old goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?
Publisher: Boston : Little Brown, 1988, c1963.
ISBN: 9780316286121
Characteristics: 193 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Subjects: Gold mines and mining -- Juvenile fiction.
California -- Gold discoveries -- Juvenile fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction, juvenile.


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apollospacefan Dec 21, 2017

One of our favorite J Fiction books!! Entertaining, very witty, and educational.

Master Jack, age 12, and his butler Praiseworthy head to California to cash in on the gold rush. Aloof to danger, Jack is determined to help his Aunt Arabella recover from hard times threatening the family estate. He sneaks away as a stow away on a ship bound for California, with a butler bound to protect him while maintaining his dignity and his proper black umbrella. Praiseworthy is a witty gem, and it's certainly fun to read about the two navigating the rough world of young California. "The butler had never let on that he was so handy with his fists. The truth of the matter was that Praiseworthy had been as surprised as the others to see the brute go flying. And then he remembered the heavy gold dust packed in the fingertips of the glove."

May 05, 2014

It would much more useful if all books had ebook versions.


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