by Will Hobbs | Grades 4-6 | Lexile 860 | Reading Level 5.5
"Gold!" Jason shouted at the top of his lungs. "Read all about it! Gold discovered in Alaska!"
Within hours of hearing the thrilling news, fifteen-year-old Jason Hawthorn jumps a train for Seattle, stow away on a ship bound for the goldfields, and joins thousands of fellow prospectors attempting the difficult journey to the Klondike. The Dead Horse Trail, the infamous Chilkott Pass, and a five-hundred-mile trip by canoe down the Yukon River lie ahead. With help from a young writer named Jack London, Jason and his dog face moose, bears, and the terrors of a sub-arctic winter in this bone-chilling survival story.