Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Canyon of Danger and River of Peril by Susan Marlow Book Review

Canyon of Danger Goldtown Adventures #3

Jem Coulter's pa, the sheriff of Goldtown, is away on a trip to deliver a prisoner to Sacramento, and he has left Jem in charge of the ranch-along with Aunt Rose, that is.

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.
River of Peril Goldtown Adventures #4

Jem Coulter thinks his family is just on a sightseeing trip to the big city of Sacramento. Then armed bandits hold up the stagecoach for the secret stash they're carrying: gold for the Union Army fighting the distant Civil War! Suddenly war isn't so far away; it's right there on the road to Sacramento, with Jem's father, the sheriff of Goldtown, fighting against the rebel army's Knights of the Golden Circle.

When the family finally reaches the city, they think they're safe at last. Setting out to see the sights, Jem, his sister Ellie, and their cousin Nathan make a new friend. But is Henry the pal they think he is? With a father who is a die-hard Confederate, could Henry be in cahoots with the thieves?

River of Peril gives readers ages 8 to 12 the fast-moving, exciting adventure they've come to expect in this series, as well as a glimpse into the history of post--Gold Rush and Civil War life in 1860s California, with stagecoaches, steamboats, stowaways--and lots of gold!

My Thoughts:

In my opinion both books can be read without reading the first two in the series. I would recommend reading them in order if you can because you are missing out on a treat not reading them. You will not want to miss any of the books in this wonderful series.

I just can’t say enough good things about both books. If you love action and historical fiction then this is a book for you. The story is well written, full of adventure, and just plain fun. A wholesome Christian book filled with morals and takes you back into history.

I liked that the books are based on Christian principles and that the characters are realistic. The stories move quickly and will hold kids interest from the first to last page.

The main character Jem is always trying to do right thing and is not afraid to fess up when he messes up. He wants to honor God and his family. His faith and character are very inspiring. Ellie and Nathan are just as delightful and the personalities are all so different which add a lot of flavor to these stories

You can get free worksheets to go along with it or purchase a lapbook. Historical information is included at the end of the book. This series would be great to add to a unit study, supplementing your studies if you are learning about the California Gold Rush.

Disclaimer: I provided an advanced reader copy of this book from Kregel Publication for free in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and were not subject to editing from the publisher.

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