Badge of Honor by Susan K. Marlow

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1st in a series of 4
Age: 8-13

It’s 1849 and “gold fever” is at a high pitch, especially in Northern California. One of the towns that popped up during this time and had seen better days was Goldtown, populated mostly by has been prospectors, miscellaneous shop keepers and one very interesting family, the Coulters. Pa (Matt) is soon to be sheriff, Jem, age twelve, who loves to prospect, catch frogs, chop wood and sometimes go to school, Ellie, age ten, who loves her brother but is very competitive and brave, and their dog, Nugget.

There are many other interesting characters that come and go in the story: an old prospector named Strike and his rather ornery burro, Canary, relatives from Boston, that move in, the bad guys and most importantly our Lord who guides and protects His children.

Jem’s father is elected sheriff of Goldtown and Jem is concerned for his father’s safety. After his father drives a couple of claim jumpers out of town, Jem is certain that the men will return and cause trouble. When Strike disappears, Jem and Ellie set out to find him. Will they be able to find Strike? Will Jem’s father come and find them when trouble strikes? Is Jem’s father’s badge a target for outlaws or a true badge of honor?

We give this book 4 armchairs. It is a very exciting and FUN book for both boys and girls.

This review was written by Caryl Aarud and Anna Randolph.



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