Adventure • Net: The Silver Boulder
Reviewed: September 27, 2002
By: David & Andrea Spalding
Publisher: Whitecap Books
142 Pages, $8.95
In the second of their adventures Rick and Willow Forster find themselves in
Kaslo, B.C., in the heart of mining country and hot on the trail of a lost
silver boulder. They first encounter the legend through Dusty Malone, an
eccentric fellow who seems harmless enough in the beginning. He tells them one
part of a local legend of lost wealth, but in time they discover there’s more
to it than Dusty let on.
The rest of the story lies with Melissa, the granddaughter of a
Japanese-Canadian internee who was forced to live in the Kaslo area during
World War Two. She’s returned to Kaslo after his death, seeking to vindicate
The ensuing adventure involves them all in a search for a map, a race for
treasure and a wild boat ride on the lake.
As usual in this series, there are numerous text side-bars revealing the
facts behind the story (prospecting, tall tales, internment, etc.) and listing
websites that will allow the young reader to look up some of this stuff for him
The fourth of this series will be set in Dawson, where the authors recently
spent three months as writers in residence at Berton House.