Book Verdict


by Brian Floca

First Release:

October 2013

ISBN: 9781416994152

Hear the hiss of the steam? It is the summer of 1869, and a family is riding west from Omaha, Nebraska, on America’s first transcontinental railroad. Author’s note about the locomotive. Sources. Cross-section diagram of a locomotive. Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolor, ink, acrylic, and gouache.

  • ISBN: 9781416994152
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Atheneum
    Page Count: 64
    Trim Size: 10 1/2" x 11 3/4"
    Dewey Classification: 385.0973
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 4.7, Points: 0.5
    Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 5.5, Points: 3
    Lexile: Level: 840L
    Awards & Honors: Booklist 2013 Lasting Connections, Science; Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2013; SLJs Best Books of 2013, Nonfiction; Booklist Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth, 2013, Nonfiction; 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book; 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner; 2014 Robert F. Sibert Medal Honor Book; Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2013, Nonfiction; ALA 2014 Notable Children’s Books, Younger Readers; 2013 Cybils Awards, Nonfiction: Elementary and Middle Grade, Finalist; New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013; 2014 IRA Teachers’ Choices, Intermediate Readers; William Allen White Children#8217;s Book Awards 2015–2016 Master List
    Genre: Nonfic
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