By the Great Horn Spoon!

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Apr 30, 1988 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
17 Reviews
In this rollicking adventure set during the California Gold Rush, Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion to meet her debts. She is still unable to raise enough money to pay her creditors, and twelve-year-old Jack 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?
This new edition features illustrations by Brett Helquist.

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a fantastic tale of adventure

User Review  - dreafromwashingtonstate - Overstock.com

This is a great read, fun for kids and adults. I was surprised I hadn't come across it before since it's an old book and written with the same kind of quality as Around the World in 80 days. It's set in the California Gold Rush days, and is full of surprise turns and clever ingenuity. ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lesli - Goodreads

This was a fun kids chapter book that my husband read to the family. About a boy and his butler who sail to California for the gold rush. We all enjoyed it, we all giggled, and it has a beyond happy ending. If you want a book to read with your elementary age kids this is perfect. Read full review

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About the author (1988)

The Newbery Award-winning author of The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman is an author of children's books, screenplays, novels for adults, and books on magic.
Brett Helquist is the illustrator of many books, including A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. He is also the author of Bedtime for Bear and Roger, the Jolly Pirate. He grew up in Utah and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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