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More Gold!

From a new review of Joaquin’s Gold: “What child wouldn’t want to read these tales?  Walton paints a very accurate and descriptive picture of the area and  the characters are vivid and realistic. And, what about all those flashing knives, drawn guns, wicked ghosts, caves, gold bars, really bad guys?  His depiction of Murietta in his later years shows a man who has come to terms with his life, who doesn’t deny his wrongdoing and who knows he is no one’s hero. Students see that he is a multidimensional character as opposed to  a comic book caricature. Hero.

As a retired public librarian, I have read many such tales and local histories.  Most of these were for adults OR children and the writing and vocabulary level did not cross over.  These are very readable tales for anyone interested in California  legends and histories.” 

Liz Cecchi https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RTX6G3G/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Pure Gold!

I’d like to share a review of “Joaquin’s Gold” by Canadian author and poet Mary Daurio:

“Joaquin’s Gold, by Robert Walton, is historical fiction wrapped up in an action-adventure envelope. A 19th-century historical character, Joaquin Murrieta, the famous bandit, is the central character in these eight stories that incorporate many legends of old California.

Joaquin is a bit of a conundrum. In one of the stories, a Mr. William Randolph Hearst said about him, “Wild, savage tales swirl about you, yet you are a gentleman.”*
Reading the stories, I felt this way as well.

The prose flows smoothly, and the author’s poetic bent shows up to the reader’s delight in some places. Here is an example from the story. The Wreck of the Annabelle Lee: “Gaslight burst bright from crystal chandeliers and turned linen tablecloths to fields of snow.” *
While as an adult, I enjoyed these stories; middle school children could read and appreciate them. Robert Walton wrote them to enhance his teaching at that level, and their warm reception prompted him to compile the tales together in this volume.

Any story can be read and understood on its own, but they form a cohesive unit that will open up the history of California and make it vibrant and very much alive. Something readers of any age can appreciate!”

Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Joaquins-Gold-other-Tales-California/dp/B09RTX6G3G/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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