Susan K. Marlow in her new book, "Badge Of Honor" Book One in the Goldtown Adventures series published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Jeremiah "Jem" Coulter .
From the back cover: It's 1864 and Goldtown, California, has seen the last of its Gold Rush days. But the flecks of gold Twelve-year-old Jeremiah "Jem" Coulter 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?
I think that what Kids want from a book is action and adventure; what parents want for their kids is a message and great themes and what I want for them is a Western. Well Susan K. Marlow has supplied all of these in abundance in this the first book of this series. Ms. Marlow provides lots of story with plenty of suspense. "Jem" loves his father and when he finds out that to make ends meet his father has become the sheriff he is terrified that the badge is going to make him a target and get himself shot. It is this coming to terms with what the badge really means that is the basis of this whole story, even though the mystery and adventure is wonderful and exciting. I think Susan K. Marlow is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages. "Badge Of Honor" is a very exciting book that will keep you engrossed in the characters. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
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This is an excellent series for young children. It's a good length for their short attention spans and I believe the story will catch their interest and not let go.
Reading about a young boy, intent on striking it rich will appeal to children of any age - especially boys.
And it's so nice to find a good series that's aimed at young boys. There are plenty of series written with young girls in mind but a clean, decent series that will attract the interest of young boys is hard to come by.
And_ even though Jem gets himself into trouble a lot, there is a strong message of what is right weaved into the story line so the book presents both perspectives well.
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.
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!
A Great Adventure for Boys (that girls will love!)
December 5, 2012
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!