By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon!


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For fans of the I Survived series, this classic rollicking adventure about the California Gold Rush and one determined twelve-year-old has sold nearly a million copies!

When Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion but is still unable to raise enough money to pay her debts, the twelve-year-old goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?

This new edition features illustrations by Brett Helquist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316286121
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/28/1988
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 42,555
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

The Newbery Award-winning author of The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman is an author of more than sixty children's books, as well as screenplays, novels for adults, and books on magic. He lives in California.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of many books, including the New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. He is also the author of Bedtime for Bear and Roger, the Jolly Pirate. He grew up in Utah and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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By the Great Horn Spoon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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jrbeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the "full cast" audio book very much. I have no idea if it appeals to children, but I would think so. Fairly fast moving and funny. I was suprised it was written back in 1963 (except one of the characters takes up smoking - you wouldn't see that today!)
HollyinNNV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this book aloud to my 9 yo ds. It is a rollicking good read! Two adventurers head from Boston to California to make their fortune during the Gold Rush. Their adventures start as their boat travels around the tip of South America. The excitement continues as they finally make it to California to search for gold. Tension abounds with evil characters like Cut-Eye Higgins and natural dangers in the form of grizzly bears. Each chapter is exciting, funny and clever! If you enjoy adventure, humor, historical fiction and tall tales, then this book is for you! The ultimate critic of boring books, my ds, loves it!
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My children and I enjoyed this tale. The story of a young man in the Gold Rush era. Romanticized, but lots of fun and plenty of facts too. More interesting to us because one of our ancestors came to California around the Great Horn Spoon as well.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The movie version of this book is Disney's Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, very enjoyable, as is the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was required summer reading for my son entering 4th grade. Wonderful historical fiction with endearing characters that teaches kids about sea travel in the mid-1800s and a taste of what San Francisco and the gold camps of the 1849-50s might have been like--without them even knowing that they're learning something. The story of the boy Jack and his Butler named Praiseworthy takes them from Boston on a ship to San Francisco and the gold fields of northern California. Praiseworthy is like a male Mary Poppins who always manages to find just the right solution to situations. His "magic," however, is his careful observation of people, kind heart, and keen understanding of human nature. My son liked the story so well, he asked if there was a series of books about Jack and Praiseworthy.
toadette More than 1 year ago
The story made me want to continue reading it. I like the way they described all of the characters. I would have given it a higher rating if the story was more realistic. Goes along well if you are learning about the gold rush.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We LOVED this book and have read it over and over again to our children. You will fall for the character Praiseworthy. Good family read-aloud book!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, when I was assigned to read this book, I honestly thought it would be boring. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! I enjoyed this book very much. It was historically accurate and very fun and humorous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of fun reading this humorous book and I would recomend this book to everyone, young and old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite's! It's really good. I think people of all ages will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot!!! It's really interesting from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This makes a great read. Especially for children but also for adults. It is a heartwarming adventure of companionship and action. The story spans from Boston's cold harbors to Brazil's lush coastlands to Southern California's hot deserts. And best of all are Fleishman's characters, Praiseworthy and Jack, make great pals. For a childrens novel this book is packed with action and suspense.