Stampede North Author:Ruth Franchere Gold! Gold! In July 1897 news of the gold strike in the Klondike spreads through Seattle like wildfire. Like everyone else, fourteen-year-old Charlie Strong is seized with gold fever. To Charlie's disgust and embarrassment, his photographer father seems to be the only exception. — When Amos Strong reluctantly agrees to go to the Klondike, it ... more »is to photograph the miners and their camps, not to pan for gold. Charlie goes with him as his asistant, but he secretly dreams of the sacks of gold he will bring back.
The Strongs travel to Dawson City by the "rich-man's route" -- by boat across the Bering Sea and up the Yukon River. In the course of the long, harrowing journey and the fierce privation of a winter in the gold fields Charlie and his father resolve their conflicts about gold and photography, independence and responsibility. The year of the Gold Rush is the turning point in Charlie's life; what he brings back from the Klondike is worth more than gold.« less