North Carolina, the First Golden State

North Carolina, the First Golden State


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“A must-have for young ones interested in history and geology alike.”

—Aaron Kepley

Fifty years before the California Gold Rush, twelve-year-old Conrad Reed unearthed a shiny rock from a creek in North Carolina. Conrad had struck gold—but he had no idea. For three years, the Reed family unknowingly used a hunk of solid gold worth thousands of dollars as a doorstop. When news finally got out about Conrad’s discovery, the lives of the Reeds—and the history of the South—was changed forever. Their ordinary farm was transformed into a family-run business that launched a thriving economical shift for the state, attracting miners and investors from all over. Follow the explosive journey of this Southern state as it became the site of America’s first gold rush.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455622733
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/18/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,261,138
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Author and historian Tricia Martineau Wagner is an experienced elementary-school teacher, reading specialist, and independent researcher. In addition to writing, Wagner delivers hands-on, living-history presentations for schools around the country. She lives with her husband and two children.

Illustrator Candace Camling teaches children’s classes at Des Moines Art Center. After graduating as valedictorian from Kendall College of Art and Design, she went on to conceptualize plush toy designs and logos for Manley Toy Network. Camling is the illustrator of The Hiding Game, The Southern Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Twelve Days of Christmas—in Texas, That Is, all published by Pelican. When she’s not illustrating, she enjoys cooking and sewing.

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