Gold Rush Adventures Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

In the year 1848, the United States had been an independent nation for almost three quarters of a century, and yet much of the American West was still unsettled. Explorers had reached the Pacific Coast and had established settlements in Washington, Oregon, and California, but many of them traveled by ship because the 3,000-mile overland route was dangerous, winding through treacherous terrain (not the least of which was the Rocky Mountains) and the territories of hostile Native American tribes. As a result, West Coast settlements like San Francisco and Sacramento were generally small and sparsely populated.

That changed when James Marshall found gold—by accident—while overseeing construction of a mill near Sutter's Fort, a thriving colony established by John Sutter, who hoped to turn the region into a booming metropolis of prosperity and peace, with himself as governor of it all. At first Sutter was thrilled with the find, but as soon as word got out about it, nearly all productivity ceased, and people turned from whatever it was that they were doing to gold digging instead.

By the next year, gold fever had swept the nation, and people headed out to California in droves, getting there any way they could. Many of these Forty-Niners were ill-prepared for the journey, their heads too full of dreams of easy wealth to see the struggle that would be required both to get to California and to strike it rich once there. But they came in such numbers that California became a state only one year later, in 1850.

Of course, not everyone who dug for gold found enough to head back home and live the easy life of the wealthy, as they'd hoped. In fact, some of the Forty-Niners discovered that the real money was in business and trade with the miners. And many of them had scratched enough gold from the earth to establish businesses and build a life for themselves right there in California. The small settlements in the region ballooned. By the time the gold fever subsided and the gold dust settled, the western landscape had changed forever.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Gold Rush Adventures Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

In the year 1848, the United States had been an independent nation for almost three quarters of a century, and yet much of the American West was still unsettled. Explorers had reached the Pacific Coast and had established settlements in Washington, Oregon, and California, but many of them traveled by ship because the 3,000-mile overland route was dangerous, winding through treacherous terrain (not the least of which was the Rocky Mountains) and the territories of hostile Native American tribes. As a result, West Coast settlements like San Francisco and Sacramento were generally small and sparsely populated.

That changed when James Marshall found gold—by accident—while overseeing construction of a mill near Sutter's Fort, a thriving colony established by John Sutter, who hoped to turn the region into a booming metropolis of prosperity and peace, with himself as governor of it all. At first Sutter was thrilled with the find, but as soon as word got out about it, nearly all productivity ceased, and people turned from whatever it was that they were doing to gold digging instead.

By the next year, gold fever had swept the nation, and people headed out to California in droves, getting there any way they could. Many of these Forty-Niners were ill-prepared for the journey, their heads too full of dreams of easy wealth to see the struggle that would be required both to get to California and to strike it rich once there. But they came in such numbers that California became a state only one year later, in 1850.

Of course, not everyone who dug for gold found enough to head back home and live the easy life of the wealthy, as they'd hoped. In fact, some of the Forty-Niners discovered that the real money was in business and trade with the miners. And many of them had scratched enough gold from the earth to establish businesses and build a life for themselves right there in California. The small settlements in the region ballooned. By the time the gold fever subsided and the gold dust settled, the western landscape had changed forever.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Gold Rush Adventures Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

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John Sutter's Golden Dream

Subtitle: Gold Rush Adventures, Part One

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 33

ISBN: 978-0-89824-866-1

Order code: 8661

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8661S

John Sutter's Golden Dream Cover

California was the land of promise, and John Sutter dreamed of building a colony there that would become a thriving, prosperous settlement that he himself would govern. He worked hard to turn his dream into reality, and he was well on his way when an unexpected discovery changed everything. James Marshall found a golden nugget at the mill he was helping to construct for John. It was an exciting find, but John was unprepared for what happened next.

California was the land of promise, and John Sutter dreamed of building a colony there that would become a thriving, prosperous settlement that he himself would govern. He worked hard to turn his dream into reality, and he was well on his way when an unexpected discovery changed everything. James Marshall found a golden nugget at the mill he was helping to construct for John. It was an exciting find, but John was unprepared for what happened next.

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Walter Colton's Gold Fever

Subtitle: Gold Rush Adventures, Part Two

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 33

ISBN: 978-0-89824-867-8

Order code: 8678

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8678S

Walter Colton's Gold Fever Cover

From the capital city of Monterey, California, the governor, a minister named Walter Colton, watched his citizens abandon their homes and head for the mountains, eager to strike it rich looking for gold. Reverend Colton needed to see what the fuss was about. So he went to the gold fields himself, and soon he was burning with gold fever just like everyone else. He learned how to dig and pan for gold, often finding out lessons the hard way. Would he trade his job as governor for a pick and a washpan?

From the capital city of Monterey, California, the governor, a minister named Walter Colton, watched his citizens abandon their homes and head for the mountains, eager to strike it rich looking for gold. Reverend Colton needed to see what the fuss was about. So he went to the gold fields himself, and soon he was burning with gold fever just like everyone else. He learned how to dig and pan for gold, often finding out lessons the hard way. Would he trade his job as governor for a pick and a washpan?

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Walter Colton's Gold Fever sample pages:

Forty-Niners Cross the Country

Subtitle: Gold Rush Adventures, Part Three

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 40

ISBN: 978-0-89824-868-5

Order code: 8685

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8685S

Forty-Niners Cross the Country Cover

Gold fever swept the country, and by 1849 people were flooding into California any way they could get there. A young man named Stan decided to travel with a wagon train the 3,000 miles overland, recording his journey in a notebook. At first, the travelers segregated themselves into smaller groups that ridiculed and bickered with one another, but after months on the trail, they came to realize that they were all Forty-Niners working toward the shared goal of making it to the gold fields alive—and together.

Gold fever swept the country, and by 1849 people were flooding into California any way they could get there. A young man named Stan decided to travel with a wagon train the 3,000 miles overland, recording his journey in a notebook. At first, the travelers segregated themselves into smaller groups that ridiculed and bickered with one another, but after months on the trail, they came to realize that they were all Forty-Niners working toward the shared goal of making it to the gold fields alive—and together.

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Forty-Niners Cross the Country sample pages:

Bayard Taylor's Journey to California through Panama

Subtitle: Gold Rush Adventures, Part Four

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 37

ISBN: 978-0-89824-868-7

Order code: 8687

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8687S

Bayard Taylor's Journey to California through Panama Cover

Reporter Bayard Taylor didn't care much about finding gold, but he did want to taste the adventure of going to California to see the gold fields for himself. So he was thrilled when his editor gave him tickets for passage on steamships to get there, assigning him to write about all he saw for the newspaper. Bayard traveled by ship down to Panama, where he was to cross the isthmus and catch another ship north to California. But his journey across Panama was not quite the adventure he expected.

Reporter Bayard Taylor didn't care much about finding gold, but he did want to taste the adventure of going to California to see the gold fields for himself. So he was thrilled when his editor gave him tickets for passage on steamships to get there, assigning him to write about all he saw for the newspaper. Bayard traveled by ship down to Panama, where he was to cross the isthmus and catch another ship north to California. But his journey across Panama was not quite the adventure he expected.

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Bayard Taylor's Journey to California sample pages:

J. Goldsborough Bruff Fights His Way West

Subtitle: Gold Rush Adventures, Part Five

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 77

ISBN: 978-0-89824-869-2

Order code: 8692

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 8692S

J. Goldsborough Bruff Fights His Way West Cover

Captain Bruff was the charismatic leader of a company of men who were marching west to the gold fields of California. He led with determination and authority, and he expected his men to conduct themselves as soldiers. But the trip was far more difficult than even they were prepared for, and strife among the members of the company disappointed Captain Bruff, who believed—too earnestly—in the goodness of his men. His unwavering faith in their loyalty to him was noble but misguided, and the journey did not end as he had planned.

Captain Bruff was the charismatic leader of a company of men who were marching west to the gold fields of California. He led with determination and authority, and he expected his men to conduct themselves as soldiers. But the trip was far more difficult than even they were prepared for, and strife among the members of the company disappointed Captain Bruff, who believed—too earnestly—in the goodness of his men. His unwavering faith in their loyalty to him was noble but misguided, and the journey did not end as he had planned.

J. Goldsborough Bruff Fights His Way West Cover

J. Goldsborough Bruff sample pages:

J.D. Borthwick Finds Gold with a Paintbrush

Subtitle: Gold Rush Adventures, Part Six

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 37

ISBN: 978-0-88092-869-4

Order code: 8694

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8694S

J.D. Borthwick Finds Gold with a Paintbrush Cover

Americans weren't the only ones who wanted to go to California to find gold. Scotsman J.D. Borthwick went there too, paintbrush in hand, for he was an artist. He tried his hand at prospecting, and he managed to find a bit of gold here and there, learning the methods that had been developed as miners refined the ways in which they looked for gold. But J.D. saw that there were other ways to make a living among the miners, and it wasn't long before he realized where the real gold was.

Americans weren't the only ones who wanted to go to California to find gold. Scotsman J.D. Borthwick went there too, paintbrush in hand, for he was an artist. He tried his hand at prospecting, and he managed to find a bit of gold here and there, learning the methods that had been developed as miners refined the ways in which they looked for gold. But J.D. saw that there were other ways to make a living among the miners, and it wasn't long before he realized where the real gold was.

J.D. Borthwick Finds Gold with a Paintbrush Cover

J.D. Borthwick Finds Gold sample pages:

Gold Rush Adventures Dyslexia Series Set

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Gold Mining; Gold Rush; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 8661SET

Price: $90.00
Website price: $50.00

Gold Rush Adventures Dyslexia Series Set Cover

This set includes all six books in the series: John Sutter's Golden Dream, Walter Colton's Gold Fever, Forty-Niners Cross the Country, Bayard Taylor's Journey to California through Panama, J. Goldsborough Bruff Fights His Way West, and J.D. Borthwick Finds Gold with a Paintbrush, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all six books in the series: John Sutter's Golden Dream, Walter Colton's Gold Fever, Forty-Niners Cross the Country, Bayard Taylor's Journey to California through Panama, J. Goldsborough Bruff Fights His Way West, and J.D. Borthwick Finds Gold with a Paintbrush, all offered together at a reduced price.

Gold Rush Adventures Dyslexia Series Set Cover

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