Set in Goldtown, California in 1864, the books in this series feature Jem (short for Jeremiah) Coulter who seems to be in midst of all kinds of adventure. Just as the hero of the story is twelve, this book will probably best appeal to preteens, both boys and girls (but probably especially boys). At 147 pages, this book is not particularly long, so even your more reluctant reader will be able to finish this book.
From the very beginning of Canyon of Danger, Jem’s Pa, the local sheriff, is away on a trip, and Jem seems to get himself into quite a mess by his own carelessness. I particularly liked the way the author tells you a lot of what Jem is thinking and how he is struggling to be all that his Pa would want him to be in his absence. The sort of turmoil he experiences is the same for preteens whether they live on a ranch in the wild west or in the suburbs today. Life is made of choices and Jem is faced with a lot of them in this book. It’s great to see a good clean book for young people to enjoy.
5 out of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for a fair and honest review.