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Fiction Ages 8-12
Pages: 192
Themes: gold mining, gold rush, barkerville, mystery, ghosts
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2004
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Fresh from their adventures capturing daring art thieves in Mystery from History, Rusty, Katie and Sheila are back, sent out of town with Rusty's grandparents to keep them out of trouble. This time the trio is in historic Barkerville, a gold rush town with a secret. After witnessing what they take to be a ghost in the night, the three friends find themselves involved in a mystery from the past that seems to have a few other people interested as well. New information has come to light about a fortune in missing gold, a centuries-old curse and a missing miner. While the three budding detectives try and figure out which of the aging prospectors they keep running into is actually a ghost, they find they are in a race against time to recover the gold and return it to its rightful owners to avert a tragedy. Will they find the gold in time? Or will they suffer the fate of Three Finger Evans, the missing miner?

Barkerville Gold is the second of three books in a series.
Book one is Mystery From History
Book three is Alberta Alibi

CM Magazine - January 21, 2005
"An exciting mystery intertwined with interesting facts." "With [. . .] an intriguing mystery to uncover, and a great choice of setting, independent readers will enjoy Barkerville Gold." "Recommended."
Resource Links - September 1, 2004
"Young mystery readers will enjoy the fast-paced action of this book and those interested in history will appreciate the true historical details that are included throughout the story."


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