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Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

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Number of Pages: 224

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

Age Range: 9-12 years

Book theme: Railroads & Trains

Author: Martin W Sandler

Language: English

Street Date: September 8, 2015
TCIN: 17349197
UPC: 9780763665272
Item Number (DPCI): 247-45-8513


With lively prose and striking photographs, Sandler tells the amazing story of engineering marvels, extraordinary courage, and sheer determination...A dramatic story related in dramatic fashion.
--Kirkus Reviews

The pacing, particularly when the two teams meet, is spot-on and mimics the advances of a train...Sandler tells a good story, filled with complex characters, adventure, and heartache, and he meticulously documents his research efforts.
--School Library Journal

A plethora of archival photographs highlight daring men and rugged landscapes in this well-researched and fascinating adventure in history.

Alternating chapters follow the railroad's progress westward from Omaha with the Union Pacific Railroad and eastward from Sacramento with the Central Pacific Railroad, until the two lines meet in Promontory Summit, Utah...Well-positioned and comprehensive sidebar material adds fascinating detail about the people (investors, surveyors, engineers, laborers) and places involved in the project.
--The Horn Book

There is a wealth of documentation and a timeline that will assist in those wishing to pursue more information in this satisfying introduction to a major historical event.
--School Library Connection

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