THE IRON DRAGON NEVER SLEEPS by Stephen Krensky

THE IRON DRAGON NEVER SLEEPS

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Age Range: 8 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The abortive strike staged in 1867 by Chinese workers on the Sierra Nevada portion of the transcontinental railroad, as perceived by 10-year-old Winnie Tucker, daughter of a Central Pacific mining engineer who is superintending the blasting of the Summit Tunnel. While the ease with which a friendship develops between Winnie and Lee Cheng, a young Chinese water carrier, seems somewhat implausible, the depictions of the hardships and hazards attendant upon railroad-building and of the prejudice and discrimination faced by the Chinese are authentic. An interesting adjunct to the study of Westward expansion, California history, or the Chinese-American experience. Impressionistic crosshatched drawings; afterword. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-385-31171-0
Page count: 90pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1994




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