THE TRAIN JUMPER by Don Brown

THE TRAIN JUMPER

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

When the Great Depression hits, Ed “Collie” Collier’s father has died, his brother leaves home and the family has fallen apart. Collie decides to bring Little Bill home, joining the ranks of hobos jumping trains in search of something better. Encountering racists, thieves, dust storms and railroad bulls and meeting such colorful characters as Scarecrow, Papa Bear and “Rainy” Knight, Collie finds a steadfast friend in a boy named Ike. Collie locates Little Bill at a CCC camp in Colorado, and the story turns out well, but not in the way Collie had imagined. Brisk prose, short paragraphs and plenty of dialogue will make readers feel they are riding the rails with Ike and Collie. In fact, the tale reads like an oral history. A good companion to Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust (1997) or Russell Freedman’s Children of the Great Depression (2006). (afterword) (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59643-218-7
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Deborah Brodie/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2007




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