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Hard Gold

(2009)
The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859
A novel by

 
 
Early Whitcomb's family needs a miracle. Their Iowa farm has been in the family for generations, but a long drought has withered their savings and left them in debt. Meanwhile, the great Chicago and Northwestern Railroad wants their land, and if the Whitcombs can't pay their loans, the local banker, Judge Fuslin, will foreclose and sell the farm as his own.

Early's uncle (though he's more like a brother), Jesse, thinks he has the solution: to head West and dig for gold. Early is wild to go with him, as much for the adventure as for the gold. But the journey costs money--more than the boys can afford--and when Jesse flees during the night, after being accused of a robbery, Early doesn't know what to believe.

When Jesse sends an electrifying message--that he has found gold, but his life is in danger-- Early knows he must do whatever it takes to find him, even if it means running away and joining a wagon train with a strange family. The journey is dangerous and full of hardships, and the closer the travelers get to their destination, the more ruined lives they encounter--lives consumed by the hunt for gold. Then to his horror, Early learns that Jesse has been accused of another, much bigger crime and has fled to a secret place in the mountains. Somehow, Early must get to him without leading Jesse's pursuers right to his door. And even if he succeeds, Early will still have to make the hardest choice of his life.

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Hardback Editions

September 2009 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Hard Gold (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (I Witness Novels)
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0-606-12479-9 / 978-0-606-12479-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Library Book: Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 (Rise and Shine)
Author(s): National Geographic Learning
ISBN: 1-4231-0520-6 / 978-1-4231-0520-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: National Geographic School Pub
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Audio Editions

October 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hard Gold (I Witness): The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West
Author(s): Avi
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hard Gold (I Witness): The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West
Author(s): Avi
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hard Gold (I Witness): The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West
Author(s): Avi
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West (I Witness Novels)
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 1-935430-84-X / 978-1-935430-84-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 (Rise and Shine)
Author(s): Avi
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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