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Title:
The journal of Sean Sullivan : a Transcontinental Railroad worker
Author:
Durbin, William, 1951-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
188 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm + 1 folded sheet.
Summary:
In 1867, fifteen-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Rairoad.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1060 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 5.0 32210.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.7 7 Quiz: 17109 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780439049948
Format :
Book

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In 1867, 15-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Though his widowed father thinks Sean may be too young to face the hardships of the West, he invites him to join his work crew building the railroad in 1867. Reserved Sean shares little with the rugged workers, but he observes their labor and roughhousing in a lively journal and letters to his younger brother. Each section takes the men into another state where they find different shades of local color. Meetings with scalp hunters in Nebraska and brawling cowboys in Wyoming pass into an encounter with Brigham Young in Utah and the eventual completion of the railroad. Intentionally sparse on plot, this entry in My Name Is America series focuses on historic details to bring the Old West vibrantly alive. By day, the mostly Irish crew clashes with Native Americans and Chinese slave laborers; in the evenings, they discuss Johnson's impeachment and residual effects of the Civil War. Durbin expertly handles racial issues and also does a good job of being authentic to the time and place, yet sensitive to modern sensibilites. The result is a rollicking, atmospheric journey through a fascinating segment of America's past. --Roger Leslie


Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Sean gets a job with his father at the Union Pacific Railroad. In his journal, he tells of working his way up from the lowest position of "water carrier" to "spiker" and shares plenty of railroad lingo and information about the boomtowns that he observes along the way. In the first few pages, he sees his first scalp and his first dead body in two unrelated incidents. The issue of prejudice is addressed, both in fights among various workers from Ireland, and with the deadly battles between the employees of the U.P. and the Chinese workers from the Central Pacific line. The role of the press in the races between the two railroads to lay the most track in the shortest time and the fact that much of the U.P. track was so poorly set that it was replaced soon after is noted. Sean is a likable protagonist who notices the small details and reacts to things realistically. A section of notes includes history, period photographs, maps, and other information.-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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