Selected Best Book for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
This young reader historical novel begins with a high school field trip to the former gold rush town of Yale in British Columbia. Here Zach, Kyle, and their eccentric teacher, Miss Reid, are transported back in time to 1866 at the height of the Cariboo gold rush. Stranded in Yale, the threesome are taken under the wing of Theo Cox, who becomes their friend, and he persuades his brother Enos, who is carrying freight in his wagon to Barkerville, to take the three along with them. It is an arduous and at times dangerous journey on a road hastily built to accommodate the throng of people seeking riches in the Cariboo. Once they reach the famous gold-mining town, the trio each finds work to survive. They find that Barkerville presents many hardships and also many exotic adventures. But a murder has been committed, and the evidence seems to point to their friend Theo. When Theo finds himself at a trial presided over by the imposing and straight-talking Judge Begbie, it looks as though he will be found guilty. Desperate, Zach intercedes with Judge Begbie. Can he find a way to save Theo from the gallows?
Fiction. Young Adult.
Bitten Acherman was born and grew up in Denmark. In 1997 Bitten, with her family, moved to Canada and settled in Burnaby, British Columbia. LOST IN BARKERVILLE, a time travel adventure for young readers, is the first installment in a series about life in Barkerville during the 1860s Cariboo gold rush. In the past, Bitten has won prizes in short story fiction.
Author City: BURNABY, BC CAN