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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Goldtown Adventures
No sooner is the sheriff gone then trouble starts a dead calf, a mysterious stranger, and then Pa's horse, Copper, and his prize rifle are stolen. And Pa's deputies seem unconcerned.
Jem and his cousin Nathan find Copper's tracks end at a dark canyon up in the hills. Jem remembers an old Indian legend Strike-it-rich Sam is fond of retelling about people disappearing and no one ever seeing them again. What is the real story of the canyon of danger? Have thieves found the perfect hideout?
Readers ages 8 to 12 will be entertained by the adventurous spirit and historical lure in this fast-moving series that teaches about life in the post Gold Rush days of 1860s California. Quick-paced plots and unforgettable characters make these books fun for the whole family.
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An excellent God-filled adventure!April 16, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Canyon of Danger is the third book in Susan K. Marlow's Goldtown Adventures series.
In Canyon of Danger we get to watch Jem be "the man of the family" while his father is away. The story seems to follow a pretty standard track you see with this kind of tale - where everything that can, does - go wrong.
I won't give it all away but the back of the book mentions an injured stranger, the loss of Jem's horse and a wolf that is stalking their cattle. I will tell you that these things are just the tip of the iceberg.
I absolutely LOVE how well Susan weaves God and faith through the entire book.
These days most twelve year old boys are too busy with video games or skateboards to think much about God, so it's very refreshing to read about a young man who regularly calls on God and actually listens for answers.
My eleven year old son has not yet been caught up in these stories but I hope to change that very soon. If I can just get him to sit down with one of them for five minutes, I'm confident he won't be able to put it down.
I recommend these books for all young boys - those who know God and those who need him!
And they would make an excellent addition to a school reading list because Susan K. Marlow also has an exceptional talent for combining real events with the fictional ones. That makes them educational as well as fun!
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review!
VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rife with boy-adventureApril 15, 2014VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found Canyon of Danger a book rife with boy-adventure, learning to mature and trust, and boys being adventurous boys. Jem's adventures involving trying to shoot the wolf that killed one of their cattle and instead shooting a man, of having his horse and Pa's rifle stolen, of trying to find the thieving rascals will keep the reader glued to the pages. The exciting rescue and revelation at the end is predictable but still great.
A terrific read for boys 8-12 or girl's, too. Boys will love it for the all-boy feel it has in the character development and super high level of adventure that is sure to enthrall and entertain.
I recommend this and the others in the series for home, school, and public libraries
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary review copy to facilitate this review.
Jill StanishMidwestAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wholesome Historical Fiction for Boys & GirlsApril 14, 2014Jill StanishMidwestAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jem Coulter has the chance at being "the man of the family" while his Pa escorts a prisoner. Jem takes his job seriously with unpredictable results. Their livestock have been troubled by a wolf and Jem is determined to catch the culprit. Unfortunately, he manages to "catch" something other than a wolf which sets into motion a whole cascade of troubles. Will he ever get things turned right? And will he manage to reclaim the family's stolen horse and his father's rifle? I loved the portrayal of Jem and his family. I think both girls and boys will enjoy the sense of danger and uncertainty of not knowing who can be trusted. I really enjoyed the historical flavor; young readers learn about the Pony Express through one of the characters.
My 9 year old daughter thought it was a great book and enjoyed it very much. She said, "The book Canyon of Danger is a mystery and an adventure for Jem when his Pa leaves. It was just a great book!"
At the end of each book, the author includes historical notes explaining a bit more of the time period. I love how accessible history becomes through these great stories! Marlow creates just enough suspense and feeling of danger without going too far--a very fine balance when writing for this age. The author really creates an authentic feeling for the time and place that helps kids feel like they know just what it was like living in that time period.
One thing that I really appreciate about Marlow is the exceptional resources she has (both free and for sale) to accompany her books. She has free coloring pages and also other activities you can purchase to accompany the books.
Even though I had not read books 1 and 2 of the Goldtown Adventures, I had no problem "getting into" the story line and understanding the characters. These books can stand alone but trust me--you'll want them all! They are a nice length for either reading aloud or reading independently. Marlow has done an outstanding job filling a need for wholesome literature for the advancing reader. Kids will learn a lot about history in very engaging way. I can't recommend these highly enough for both boys and girls.
(I received Canyon of Danger for the purpose of review).
tropixTEXASAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Series for Boys (and Tomboys!).December 4, 2013tropixTEXASAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jeremiah "Jem" Colter is stoked. His pa left him in charge of the ranch while he escorts a criminal to a nearby townâ€”part of his job as sheriff of Goldtown. Jem's anxious to prove he's worthy of the responsibility.
When a calf turns up dead, Jem suspects a wolf. The Colter family can't afford to lose their livelihood, four hooves at a time, and wait for Pa to get home. Jem takes his father's rifle and his trusty horse, Copper, and sets up a stakeout.
Plans and pride go askew when Jem gets trigger-happy at the first sign of trouble. Something in the shadows catches his attention and he shoots. Turns out to be a person, not a wolf!
Jem has to help this mysterious strangerâ€”who won't give him any information other than his name: Rafe. The Colter boy manages to get Rafe back to the barn where he enlists the help of his Aunt Rose to nurse the injured young man. How is Jem going to explain this to Pa?
With little sister Ellie in tow, Jem heads into Goldtown to pick up some medicine for Rafe. Along the way, Copper loses a shoe which means an extra stop at the blacksmith.
While in town things, somehow, manage to get worse. Copperâ€”along with Pa's expensive rifleâ€”is stolen! Jem knows it's entirely his fault . . . if he hadn't shot at the first thing that moved, he could have avoided all the rest of the blunders of the day.
Still, with Pa gone for many more days, Jem knows he can't just sit around and wait. He has to do something. It should be easy enough to track Copper, minus one shoe, in the mud of Goldtown.
Over the next few days, Jem is able to find a few clues and also learn some things about Rafe. Rafe used to be a professional tracker! Seems like just what Jem needs to find Copper . . . until Rafe disappears just like everything else.
Jem Colter is young man with big heart, honorable intentions, and a lot of growing pains. His latest adventure "Canyon of Danger" is the third book in the Goldtown Adventures series. Author Susan K. Marlow gives us another grand adventure in the late 1800's, and this is probably my favorite story thus far. This series is a winner if you are looking for tween chapter books that are wholesome, full of fun and good old fashion lessonsâ€”without being preachy.
As a writer, it can be difficult to merely enjoy a book without noticing the writing glitches. In fact, about the same time I received "Canyon of Danger" from Kregel (for free, in exchange for my honest review), I purchased a Christian-adult suspense novel from a prolific, popular author (with a big-time publisher). I rarely read two novels at once but it turned out to be a lesson on what makes for "good writing."
Though "Canyon" is written to a much younger audience, I was drawn into the story and captured by the adventure. On the other hand, I had a difficult time enjoying the more well-known author and felt like much of the suspense story sounded cliche, often wasn't believable, and landed flat. I forced myself to read it, since I'd paid good money for it, but I won't waste my income with that particular author in the future.
That was a good lesson for me! Quality writing transcends age and genre and gives you a satisfying read. Susan Marlow has that gift and I hope you'll let your kiddos discover this series. The stories would contribute to great read-aloud times for your family as well!