By The Great Horn Spoon - by Sid Fleischman
If your money has run out, why not mine some gold in California? It seemed obvious to twelve-year old Jack and his seafaring companion and butler, Praiseworthy. Join them as they stow away on a ship bound for California with the hope of striking it rich so that Jack's Aunt Arabello won't lose her estate - the home where she has raised Jack and his sisters since they were small. Will Jack and Praiseworthy find gold, or will they find trouble instead?