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Reviewed by Ginalyn Arjona for Readers' Favorite
Fool’s Gold is a book with a feel-good tone. It has a simple plot and a happy ending. Ellie, together with her brother Billy, sets out for the Gold Country, hoping to strike it rich in order to save their farm. Ellie’s quest to save their farm did not turn out according to plan. She and her brother encountered a misadventure and almost lost everything. But fate ultimately smiled on her. She not only made money to save their farm, she also found more than she expected. Reading this book is similar to watching a chick-flick. There is no heavy drama and I couldn't help but smile at the end.
I appreciate Lynn Lovegreen’s inclusion of some historical characters and events in the story. It is clear that she did considerable research before writing this book. The descriptions of Ellie and Billy’s journey from Skagway to the rapids and the routine of daily life created vivid images in my mind as the story unfolded. Fool’s Gold would make a good read for teenage girls. Ellie, the heroine of the story, would make a perfect role model. She is an example of a courageous and upright young woman. She is also a loving daughter, responsible sister, and a proper young lady. Mothers of teenage girls should read this book and recommend it to their daughters. The virtues portrayed by the characters in Fool’s Gold may seem old-fashioned, but they are as valuable now as before.