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Mimi inherits a gold mine-the Gold Bug! On summer break, Christina and Grant join their mystery book-writing grandmother and cowboy pilot grandfather, Papa, on an adventure to check out the mine and discover a mystery that could mean boom or bust!

LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more!
Dahlonega Gold Rush (in Georgia) • California Gold Rush • James Marshall • Forty-Niners • Gold fever • Travel methods • Food • Claims and claim jumping • Price of goods • Gold mining (methods, tools, conditions) (especially panning) • Oregon Trail • Characteristics of and legends about gold • Role of Chinese in rush • Levi Strauss/jeans • Outcomes of journey • Yukon Gold Rush (in Alaska) • Role of women and children • Klondike gold • Golden Stairs on the Chilkoot Trail • Travel methods • White Pass • What happens after the gold rush • Fool's Gold • Vocabulary (tarmac, bank, hangar, controllers, taxi, runway) • Float planes • Gold Rush Museum, Dahlonega, GA • Alexander's restaurant, Bellingham, WA • Chinatown - Golden Dragon restaurant - Levi Strauss Company, San Francisco, CA • Space Needle and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle, WA.

This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! Each mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, Built-In Book Club and activities. This Carole Marsh Mystery also has an Accelerated Reader quiz, a Lexile Level, a Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level and a Developmental Reading Assessment level.

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