ABOUT THE BOOK
An action-packed and heartwarming story of a dog in gold rush-era Alaska
All Murphy wants is a home and a loving family. After escaping from his brutal and merciless owner, he is taken in by a young girl named Sally. She and her mother have just arrived in Nome, Alaska, intent on joining the other gold seekers and making a new life there, free from their wealthy but oppressive family in Seattle.
Yet even with Murphy at their side, Sally and Mama find living in the mining town harsh and forbidding. When it seems they may have to give up and return to Seattle, Sally and Murphy decide to strike out on their own, hoping to find gold and make a permanent home. But dangers await them - not only blizzards and grizzly bears, but also Murphy's original owner, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, whether it is an ill-gotten fortune or a valuable dog.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Murphy, Gold Rush Dog is a great book for middle grade readers who enjoy historical dog stories. While the book is told by Murphy, he behaves just like a dog so there aren't any fantasy elements here. Murphy and Sally make a great pair with Sally's gumption leading them into plenty of danger, but Murphy's good sense and instincts helping them out again. The details felt real and the author manages to cover many of the details that made life in the Alaskan gold fields so difficult and dangerous. I appreciated the notes at the end explaining where those details came from and what elements of the story were real. There is plenty of excitement for young readers with Murphy and Sally facing off with thieves, an avalanche, a bear, and a moose. The bravery that Murphy and Sally exhibit in the face of difficult odds makes for an enjoyable read.
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