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.”