Gold in the Hills

Book Description

Pa goes off to search for gold in the Col­orado Hills (around 1880) and leaves his two chil­dren, Hat­tie, 10 years old, and Pheme, 12 years old, in the care of his Pa’s bit­ter cousin Tirzah. The chil­dren’s moth­er died while the fam­i­ly was in Illi­nois, and now Pa is cer­tain he’ll find gold. Tirzah is not very nur­tur­ing and nego­ti­ates with a greedy mine own­er, Pug Ryan, for the chil­dren to work for him—as vir­tu­al slave labor­ers. The two young­sters are pro­tect­ed by Tirzah’s gruff but reclu­sive neigh­bor “Old Judge.”

Reviews and Comments

Lawlor fills this com­pelling adven­ture with sus­pense­ful dra­ma and peri­od details, includ­ing a reveal­ing exam­i­na­tion of 19th cen­tu­ry child-labor prac­tices … An ambi­tious effort.” (Pub­lish­ers Week­ly)

“Read­ers will be drawn into the men­tal anguish of these peo­ple as they evolve and show some emo­tion­al growth. A nice­ly devel­oped sto­ry with some pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary mat­ters that can be dis­cussed or thought about long after the book is fin­ished.” (School Library Jour­nal)

“… tight and full of sus­pense … inter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal fic­tion.” (Book­list)

“[The book] man­ages to sparkle with deft­ly detailed char­ac­ter­i­za­tions. Hat­tie’s nar­ra­tion is laced with idioms that add authen­tic­i­ty. … Pheme’s encounter with a nine-foot griz­zly should make this title as appeal­ing to out­doorsy adven­ture buffs as it will be to orphan-sto­ry fans.” (Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books)

Gold in the Hills

writ­ten by Lau­rie Lawlor
Walk­er Books, 1995

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