Call of the Klondike

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Call of the Klondike
by David Meissner; illus by Kim Richardson
Calkins Creek, 2013

Between my driveway turning into a steep hockey rink and the icicles growing from my roof, I can’t think of a better book to read. If your kids love Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, or Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, they’ll love this true story of Arctic tales that will make their blood run cold (as Robert Service would say).

Call of the Klondike tells the true story of two unlikely cheekachos – Yale graduates who decided to try their luck in the Alaskan gold fields. It is chock-full of photos, letters, journal entries – all tied together with David Meissner’s wonderful narrative. A fun read, but put on your wool socks and grab some hot cocoa because it’s cold up there. You can read more at Sally’s Bookshelf.