California Gold Rush by Peter Roop

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Read about one of the most exciting times in American history--the California Gold Rush. The Scholastic History Readers series was created especially to bring history to life for beginning readers.

Beginning with the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, this book traces the phenomenon that came to be called the Gold Rush. Readers learn what the phrase "gold fever" means, and who the "forty-niners" were. Various ways of traveling to the gold fields are described, as are various ways of mining or panning for gold.

Mining towns sprang up overnight, with businesses that addressed the miners' every need. When the Gold Rush faded, the history of California had been changed forever.
 

About Peter Roop

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Peter Roop is a Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year, and has been a writer of children's books for over 25 years. He has written extensively for Cricket and Cobblestone Magazines. He currently writes and speaks full-time. Last year he talked with over 50,000 students, presenting over 800 workshops for students, educators and writers in 26 states. Together with his wife, Peter has written 60 children's books ranging from historical fiction to nonfiction. Seven of their books are "Reading Rainbow" books, including Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, a Feature Book. Their books have received recognition from the National Association of Science Teachers, National Council of Teachers of English, the Children's Book Council, and the American Library Association. They have also received Wisconsin's Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Award. BILL FARNSWORTH is the illustrator of more than fifty children's books. His work includes images for the Kaya books in the American Girl Series, and he has received numerous awards and honors, including Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and selection for the Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show. Farnsworth's warmly-lit oil paintings gracefully illuminate the Maine landscape and Sockalexis's days on the baseball diamond. Farnsworth lives with his family in Venice, Florida.
 
Published September 1, 2002 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 48 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books.

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