Last updated: November 1, 2013
It's 1864 . . . The California Gold Rush is about over, but 12-year-old Jem Coulter and his sister, Ellie, are sure they can pan more gold from Cripple Creek. With Pa's new job as sheriff of lawless Goldtown, and a cousin and aunt from back East moving in, there's plenty of adventure for everyone.
Whether figuring out why Cripple Creek has mysteriously dried up, or getting trapped in the belly of an old mine . . . or following clues into a dark and mysterious canyon, Jem's life in a gold-mining camp is always exciting, with plenty of opportunities to learn to trust God.
Wholesome reading for ages 8-12
Canyon of Danger
Jem couldn’t be more excited. Pa must escort a prisoner to Sacramento, and he’s left the ranch in Jem’s care. How hard can it be to look after a couple dozen beef cattle and a few chickens? But Jem soon discovers that being “man of the family” is not how he imagined it. Everything goes wrong. A wolf threatens the herd, and an injured stranger invades the Coulter family's lives. Then Jem’s horse goes missing, along with Pa’s good rifle . . . stolen right out from under Jem’s nose. Goldtown’s bungling miners-turned-deputies are no help. They have their hands full with the disorder and rowdiness the sheriff’s absence has sparked. But Jem won’t let his father down. He’ll do anything to recover his family’s stolen property—even venture into a canyon filled with unexpected danger.
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