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Jo's Journey

by Nikki Tate

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pre-confederation (to 1867), westerns, girls & women
list price: $7.95
also available: eBook
published: 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
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It's 1861 and orphan Jo has made it from Carson City, Nevada, to San Francisco without anyone figuring out that she's a girl in boy's clothing. When she hears talk of gold strikes in the Cariboo, Jo and her friend Bart sign on for what turns out to be a journey far more arduous and dangerous than anything Jo experienced as a Pony Express rider. Through it all, Jo keeps her true identity a secret. Strong men turn back but Jo forges ahead, unsure of what lies ahead but sure that her father and mother would be proud of her determination.

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I had felt almost smug striding into town, but leaving again made me realize that the wild country ahead was probably beyond my imagining. Already the way had been difficult, but judging by stories told by some of the men who had traveled this way before, only the very strongest, the most determined, survived to see the Cariboo. Would I be one of them?

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Editorial Review

"A straightforward adventure story [that] does a good job of portraying the difficulties involved in the trek to the gold fields. Recommended."

— CM Magazine
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About the Author

Nikki Tate

Nikki Tate is the author of more than 30 books, most of which are for children and teens. Her Footprints title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet, received several award nominations and was named by the New York Public Library as one of 2016’s Best 100 Books for Kids. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.
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