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Murphy, Gold Rush Dog

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Adventure, Animals, Fiction, Historical, Realistic

Murphy, Gold Rush Dog by Alison Hart
Grades 3 – 6

Murphy escapes from his cruel owner, and the harsh conditions of being a sled dog pulling supplies to Nome, Alaska.  Murphy encounters Sally and her Mama, also new to Nome, and stays with them.
The Gold Rush is drawing all sorts to Nome, and daily life is very dangerous and hard.  Sally’s Mama soon feels they should return to San Francisco, but Sally, who has saved some money of her own, sets out with Murphy to stake her own claim to mine for gold so that they can stay in Alaska.  Sally and Murphy encounter harsh weather and many dangers while on their own, including an encounter with Murphy’s previous owner.  Will they even be able to make it back to Nome? I loved  this exciting adventure of a determined young girl and her loyal dog.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Adventure, Animals, Fiction, Historical, Realistic.
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