I appreciated the conclusion Kitty reaches toward the end of the story as she comes to see how much loss surrounds greed, and I also liked the humanism that even after this discovery she too fell victim, momentarily, to Gold Fever. I think it’s a great message to hear in our materialistic world. I thought it was a good, clean, teen fiction where the future is bright and the possibilities endless to those with drive and ambition. Again, I think that’s a great message for our kids. I’d categorize this as teen fiction because while it’s an easy read there’s a lot of geography and history to swallow and the main character has recently graduated from high school and talks with all the bravado and slang one might expect. The language is not strong or particularly offensive, but it’s more pervasive than you’ll find in the pre-teen section of the library.
I included the selection from Robert Frost’s “The Spell of the Yukon”, a perennially favourite poem of mine, as introduction to this book for a couple of reasons. The first is that I really love it and always have. I also included it because while this particular work is not referenced in the story, many other works by him and other literary legends of the area are. As I read the conclusion of the story this selection echoed through my mind as the summary of Kitty’s experience up north. The juxtaposition of seeing the wild, untamed, harsh North for what it was and loving it despite (in spite of?) the flaws seemed to me how she reconciled the experiences of her summer. It’s a good lesson for loving each other as well.
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