By Nancy Bjornson

Jesse Never Dreamed Cash Would Find Skeletons.

“Hey, someone made a little house out of dirt, and then grass grew all over it,” Cash exclaimed. “I’m gonna take a peek inside.”

Cash pushed at the door, and it fell in. He had to bend over to enter and stay that way to look around. He stopped to adjust to the darkness. Dim, dusty light filtering through the caved-in roof made sight difficult. Peering around, he thought to pull the rag out of the hole in the wall to let in more light. To his left, he could see a few dishes on a shelf pushed against one wall. Straight ahead and to his right two heaps that looked like makeshift beds covered with blankets were against each of the other two walls.

The heaps intrigued him, and Cash eagerly moved toward them, forgetting about the height of the roof and brushing his head against it. As dirt showered down on him, he dropped to his knees and crawled the rest of the way. Inching over to one heap, he grabbed the material and pulled. The material came apart in his hands. Unwilling to give up, he stuck his hand where the material had been and felt around until he touched something solid. Feeling the length of the object and fingering each end, he let out a howl.

“Bones! Rand, there’s a whole bunch of bones in here!” Cash screamed. “I’m getting out.”

Leaping up and getting another shower of dirt, Cash dropped to his hands and feet and crab walked to the door, his heart racing.

Find out how the mystery of the skeletons and their stash haunts the boys’ canoe trip.

Bonus Fun Facts at the end of the book.

Discover more about the Northwest Territory, Nunavut, caribou, muskox, pingo, ptarmigan, soddy, Thelon River, and tundra.

Reader Comment

“While this book carries the theme of mystery, the story is developed in a way that allows the reader to learn something about the history and nature of the rather remote Northwest Territory. The young reader will no doubt also enjoy the humor which has been woven into the new adventures of Jesse and Cash.”
Ramona Reidt, retired teacher

“I thought the book was enjoyable and fun to read. The way the people and places are descibed in the book, I felt like I was the one on the journey.”
Alexander Weiske, grade six

Chapter Titles

  1. Making Plans
  2. Tundra Tom
  3. Special Delivery
  4. It’s a Go!
  5. Last Semester Seniors
  6. Riding
  7. Girls!
  8. Dancing Again
  9. Hot Turns to Ice
  10. Graduation
  11. Taking Off
  12. The Beginning
  13. First Night on the Thelon
  14. Skeletons
  15. Trout Lake
  16. Pay Back
  17. Equipment
  18. Canoe Sailing
  19. Cairn Stones
  20. Caribou
  21. Trouble from the Sky
  22. Paddling Again
  23. Pingo
  24. Moving On
  25. Beverly Lake
  26. Sauna Streaming
  27. Back to Yellowknife
  28. In the Jailhouse Now
  29. A Raving Redhead
  30. The Whole Truth
  31. Return Trip
  32. Flying High
  33. The Decision
  34. Going Home

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