Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
1850s: Two rival companies accomplished the impossible—they tunneled through mountains and constructed the highest-ever bridges to connect 1,800 miles of America by rail. Epilogue. Time line. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Maps. Black-and-white period photographs, illustrations, and reproductions of materials.
JLG Release: Feb 2016
Awards & Honors
2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 6–8
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education, 2016 Best Children’s Books of the Year, History
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal
School Library Journal
10 5/8" x 9 1/16"
Level 8.5; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 10.7; Points: 11;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Central Pacific Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Transcontinental railroad, Nineteenth-century U,S, history, Chinese workers, Snow, Desert, Great Plains, Sierra Nevada, Hell-on-wheels towns, Grenville Dodge (1831-1916), Thomas Durant (1820-1885), James Strobridge (1827-1921),