What was life like for 13 year old Pearley Monroe, growing up in the rugged hills of Coloma, California where gold was first discovered? An explosion at a mine, surviving a bear encounter, and plotting to catch a jewel thief are just a few of Pearley’s many adventures. In each chapter, you’ll learn more about interesting and historical characters such as James Marshall, Black Bart, and Pearley’s grandmother, Miss Nancy, who had more grit than all of them put together.
Pearley learns first hand that some of life’s lessons require more of us than we thought possible and that sometimes our greatest treasures are right under our own roof. Based on historical documents and first person accounts this story helps bring to life some of California’s first pioneers, the Monroe-Gooch family. A family who exemplified perseverance despite adversity, in the way they lived their lives and the legacy they left behind.More info →