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Children's Nonfiction Post-confederation (1867-)

Crazy for Gold

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Post-Confederation (1867-), General
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic, Matt and Emily have met fearsome pirates in Frobisher Bay and outrun dinosaurs in the Alberta badlands. In Crazy for Gold, Emily and Matt fly to the Yukon. It’s the late 1800s, and gold rush fever has taken hold. But as Emily and Matt soon find out, the quest for gold is difficult and dangerous. First, they must make the long and grueling climb up an icy mountain. Then, they must survive a perilous trip by boat down the rough Yukon River rapids into Dawson City. It’s a test of strength, bravery and quick wits. Will they find gold or lose their shirts? In this, the third book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about the Klondike Gold Rush, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

Dean Griffiths' profile page


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Editorial Reviews

The Canadian Flyer Adventures is a magical chapter book series that transports early readers back to the most exciting points in Canadian history. The third book in this series has Emily and Matt using the magical sled to time travel back to the days of the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s. Readers are in for a great adventure.

Edmonton's Child

At a primary-school age when getting to the end of a book can seem to some kids as daunting as crossing the Chilkoot Pass itself, this series’ large print and short chapters make it all seem more do-able.

Victoria Times-Colonist

Full of amazing feats and drama of the time, believable characters and great historical facts, this installment of the series brings a piece of Canadian history to life for younger readers.

Woozles Staff Pick

The Canadian Flyer Adventures series is a wonderful addition to literature for younger students; this volume is fast-paced, and exciting, and complements perfectly the themes of Canadian history taught in the classroom…How wonderful to find a series that is both educational and full of adventure!

Resource Links

What child can resist a great adventure? Add in the element of time travel and you have a sure winner on your hands! […] Our youngest generation can learn for themselves that Canadian history is NOT boring…and have lots of fun along the way.

Canadian Children’s Book News

There’s a nice, earnest storytelling going on here and the turns are as involving as the historical facts.


Readers will be sure to learn handfuls of information about this time in Canadian history without realizing that a history lesson is hidden within this adventure story…Crazy for Gold is a great installment in a fine new Canadian historical fiction series for children. Highly Recommended.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Wishinsky does a great job mixing fact with fiction to create a fun adventure that ties in well with the grade school curriculum…Crazy for Gold makes a great addition to any young reader’s library.

Canadian Bookseller

The step-up from full-color picture books to chapter books is not always appealing…The Canadian Flyer Adventures series…smooths the transition with bright, lively colors, large text and plenty of sketches throughout the book.

The Evening News

The Canadian Flyer Adventures is a cool new historical adventure series…Each title is a stand-alone, content driven historical adventure designed to inform as well as entice.

Librarian Reviews

Crazy for Gold (Canadian Flyer Adventures #3)

What child can resist a great adventure? Add in the element of time travel and you have a sure winner on your hands! In Frieda Wishinsky’s new series, Canadian Flyer Adventures, two young friends, Emily and Matt, are exploring Emily’s attic when they come across an antique sled. They soon discover that it will magically transport them to a destination of their choice, depending on which artifact they select from an old mahogany dresser in the attic.

In the first book, Beware, Pirates!, Matt and Emily ride the sled back to 1577, and end up aboard the privateer Martin Frobisher’s ship in the Arctic. There, they help an Inuit boy rescue his friend, who was taken prisoner by Frobisher. In Danger, Dinosaurs!, the second book in the series, Emily’s reluctance to explore the Late Cretaceous Period turns out to be well founded, as she and Matt have to contend with several dinosaur encounters – including a close call with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the third book, Crazy for Gold, the friends meet a girl named Isabel and travel with her family along the Chilkoot Pass to Dawson City, as they search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898.

Each book in the series follows a consistent format, and the adventure begins in the first few pages. Young readers will find the characters of Emily and Matt appealing because of their spirit of adventure and curiosity. Consistent in all the books, too, is the characters’ realistic dialogue – the pirates, for example, give Matt “the creeps”. Young readers will enjoy these books because of the non-stop adventures, but they will also learn a few facts about each place or event along the way. For example, in the first book, Matt and Emily discover what tundra and umiaks are, and discuss the fact that Iqaluit used to be called Frobisher Bay. These educational tidbits are nicely worked into the story and do not seem intentionally instructive.

Precocious 6-year olds will be captivated by these adventures, but the series seems best suited to 7- and 8-year olds. The length of the stories, type size and vocabulary are perfect for this age group. Dean Griffiths’ illustrations appear every few pages – many fill a whole page – which adds interest and assists newly independent readers to understand the text. Wishinsky incorporates further historical facts at the conclusion of each story, cleverly written as though Emily and Matt were sharing their favourite facts. There is still additional information, for extremely curious youngsters, in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format.

The Canadian Flyer Adventures series is not dissimilar to the wildly popular Magic Tree House series – except here, the adventures take place in the Canadian past. Our youngest generation can learn for themselves that Canadian history is NOT boring… and have lots of fun along the way.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2007. Vol.30 No.4.

Crazy for Gold (Canadian Flyer Adventures)

Emily and Matt travel back to the late 1800s and join the Klondike Gold Rush for a rich adventure. Will they find gold in this test of strength, daring and quick wits? Includes illustrations and facts about the gold rush. Book Three in the series.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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