Badge of Honor, The Goldtown Adventures, Book 1
Wonderful for the whole family
Loved this book...this was a great read aloud for the whole family... Entertained boy and girls. When the kids are begging you to keep reading( even when it is not bedtime) you have a treasure. They are wanting me to get the next book right away...we are looking forward to checking out the authors other series as well.
September 6, 2013
A great read!
I taught elementary school for a number of years, and it was difficult for find quality literature for boys. I have been doing even more searching since having my own son.
I was introduced to The Goldtown Adventure books this summer. Badge of Honor is exactly what I am looking for! It is full of adventure, humor, and colorful characters. I really appreciated that the characters learned lessons w/out the story being too "preachy" or one-dimensional. I will definitely be keeping up with this series!
December 22, 2012
A Great Adventure for Boys (that girls will love!)
Roasted rattlesnakes! Have you been confounded in your search for an adventure-filled, wholesome stories for tweens? That's a tall order these days. And if you hope to find one with a bent towards boys, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Author Susan K. Marlow comes to the rescue with her new series for boys--just in time for Christmas! Marlow has turned her big imagination from Andi Carter in her Circle C Adventures series, to Jem Coulter in her new Goldtown Adventures series. But, honestly, it's good, clean fun for everyone--boy or girl!
In book one, Badge of Honor, we meet twelve-year-old Jem Coulter and his little sister Ellie. The two want to help their widower father take care of things around their broken-down ranch. It was with the best of intentions that they both skipped school to pan for gold one fine, spring day. Surely the melting snow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains washed some gold down Cripple Creek to their little family claim, right? It's worth an afternoon standing in the freezing water to find out!
When their father, Matt Coulter, hunts down his truant children, they're in double-trouble. Not only are they grounded from gold-panning until school gets out (a whole month away!), but their dad is sporting a six-pointed star on his chest.
Matt Coulter has been named the first sheriff of the unruly, mining settlement of Goldtown, California. Jem is devastated. Goldtown is full of hot-tempered men carrying firearms and that badge seems like a target on his father's chest. Not to mention the example Jem will be expected to portray as the sheriff's son. What could be worse?
Well, the day isn't over yet. The Well's Fargo wagon brings an aunt and cousin from sophisticated Boston to live with the Coulters. What are a couple of greenhorns from the city going to do on a ranch in a mining settlement? Change things--much to Jem's dismay. He and his sister have been making it just fine since their mother passed away a year prior. The only bright side that Jem can find is that his cousin, Nathan, will be another set of hands to help with chores.
And so begins a new chapter in Jem's life . . . as if being caught between boyhood and manhood at age twelve isn't complicated enough. When summer finally arrives and the kids can officially return to pan for gold, things really heat up. The creek is nearly dry and the Jem, Ellie, and Nathan stumble on something much more life-altering than gold . . .
Using humor and historical accuracy, Susan Marlow weaves a tale of danger and mystery that is sure to please most young men at about this age-n-stage themselves.
With godly, moral lessons as an underlying current, you can be sure that Susan's new series will please the conservative palate without being stuffy or preachy. As mentioned, girls will enjoy the Badge of Honor as much as their male counterparts. It would also make a great read-aloud for the whole family. It's a book I've thoroughly enjoyed and I'm waaaay older than the 10-14 year old target audience!
December 5, 2012
Badge of Honor by Susan K. Marlow is an exciting historical novel for kids. It takes place in the waning days of the California gold rush, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Jem. There is still gold to be found (small amounts, anyway) if one is willing to work hard at getting to it. Jem and his little sister, Ellie, are willing. Too bad their pa thinks they ought to be in school. What's even worse is that Pa got elected sheriff, so now that means they have to be on their best behavior. And to top things off, "city" relatives arrive from back east to live with them. In spite of all that, Jem and Ellie, and their city-slicker cousin manage to find plenty of adventure... if not plenty of gold.
Targeted for children ages 10-14, my 17-year-old daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed the story. My favorite character is Strike-It-Rich Sam and his obstinate burro, Canary. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
November 20, 2012