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Title:
The great railroad race : the diary of Libby West
Author:
Gregory, Kristiana.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
203 pages ; 20 cm.
Summary:
As the daughter of a newspaper reporter, fourteen-year-old Libby keeps a diary account of the exciting events surrounding her during the building of the railroad in the West in 1868.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 5.0 31190.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.8 9 Quiz: 14863 Guided reading level: W.
ISBN:
9780590109918
Format :
Book

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Part of a geography series designed to introduce children to the concept of their local area. The series uses contemporary photographs to highlight possible features in their own local environment. The books consider how aspects of the local area could be made safer, and help children recognise changes in their environment. There are simple activities, such as how to draw a map.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. An appropriately workmanlike telling of the building of the transcontinental railroad from the point of view of 14-year-old Libby, daughter of a "stringer," a reporter who follows the railroad, sending back stories. Libby's father buys a handpress to start his own paper in the tent cities that grew up along the building of the railroad. Libby's mother has insisted on the family's staying together, so she, Libby, and Libby's little brother leave Denver to travel with Libby's father. Although the press fails, and Libby's dad reverts to stringer status, Libby fills her diary with the sights and sounds of the busy (and dirty) tent cities, the new words she learns, and her wonderment at glimpses of Indians, Chinese, and Pete, the shy, young former Union soldier imprisoned with her father at Andersonville and now an inseparable companion. The language is not so lively as, for example, that in Sherry Garland's A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary (1998), but a lot of historical information finds its way into the tale, with the Dear America series' usual fine historical footnotes, illustrations, and background appended. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-In 1868, 14-year-old Libby West and her family leave Denver for Cheyenne. Her father and his young friend Pete are working as "stringers," eyewitness reporters covering the race to complete a transcontinental railroad. In her diary, Libby records her observations and her family's adventures as they follow the Union Pacific builders. The author does a good job of integrating information about the period into the story and depicting the girl's confusion over which of the many conflicting news stories to believe about the railroad. Both plot and characters are well developed. Readers will enjoy Libby's friendship with Ellie, a girl she meets on her travels, and the beginnings of her romance with Pete. While the diary ends on the last day of the race, an epilogue relates what happened to the fictional characters. The book concludes with a historical note that provides background information and black-and-white pictures from the period. For fans of this and the "American Girl" series (Pleasant Co.).-Cathy Coffman, Sunrise Mountain Library, Peoria, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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