The third book in the series of Goldtown Adventures
My son could not wait for this to come out. He has loved both of the others, along with the Andrea Carter Circle C Adventures.
From Susan Marlow:
Jem couldn’t be more excited. Pa must escort a prisoner to Sacramento, and he’s left the ranch in Jem’s care. How hard can it be to look after a couple dozen beef cattle and a few chickens? But Jem soon discovers that being man of the family is not how he imagined it. Everything goes wrong. A wolf threatens the herd, and an injured stranger invades the Coulter family’s lives. Then Jem’s horse goes missing, along with Pa’s good rifle . . . stolen right out from under Jem’s nose. Goldtown’s bungling miners-turned-deputies are no help. They have their hands full with the disorder and rowdiness the sheriff’s absence has sparked. But Jem won’t let his father down. He’ll do anything to recover his family’s stolen property even venture into a canyon filled with unexpected danger.