Monday, April 14, 2014

Canyon Danger by Susan K. Marlow -REVIEWED

About the Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
Find Copper?  Or shoot the wolf?  Oh, wait. I can’t.  On account of the rifle was with Copper.”  (p. 57)

Twelve-year-old Jem Coulter gets himself into quite the mess in Susan K. Marlow’s young adult book, Canyon of Danger. This is the third installment in the Goldtown Advertures series, so it was my first introduction to his life in Goldtown, but I can tell you now, that I can’t wait to go on another adventure with this winsome young man!  He dad is the sheriff of the town, and he has left Jem to act as the man of the house while he is away.  In short order, he loses or misplaces several important items and then experiences a frightening catastrophe trying to keep the cattle protected from a wolf. 

His curiosity combined with a sense of responsibility proves to be the catalyst that lands him in a very precarious and dangerous place toward the end of the story.  Apparently Jem is prone to such adventures as being trapped in a mine is referenced a couple of times.  I am thankful the townsfolk and his family know him well enough to have a fit of vapors if he goes missing for any length of time!

Marlow has completely captured the adventurous spirit of young boys!  I love the pace of the story, the realistic characters and life circumstances, the loving family – everything!  This is a wholesome adventure tale for young readers, and I am happy to recommend it to you! 

Please join me again tomorrow for a look into the next book in this great series!

About the Author:
I started writing stories when I was ten years old. I never planned on becoming a published author. I just liked writing stories. But eventually others found out about my secret "writing" and encouraged me to submit.
I love to teach. I taught in Christian schools before I home schooled. After twenty years, I finished home schooling but find myself "back in the saddle" as I help other home schooling families, including my grandchildren.

1 comment:

Andi Carter said...

Hi Kim,
Now, that was a fun review to read. Thanks for making a review an adventure too. :-)
I can't wait to hear what you have to say tomorrow. You have a wonderful way with words. I used to review products for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and mine were not as whimsical and fun reads as yours.
And thanks for participating in Kregel's blog tour. I love my publisher!
~ Susan Marlow