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The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In 1867, while staying with her father in a small California mining town, ten-year-old Winnie meets a Chinese boy close to her age and discovers the role of his people in completing the transcontinental railroad.
Hardcover, 90 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Miss Amanda
gr 3-5 90 pgs

1867, Cisco, CA. 10 year old Winnie Tucker is excited to be spending the summer in Cisco while her father works on the Transcontinental railroad. At first Winnie thinks there are no other children her age, then she meets Lee Cheng who works as a tea carrier for the Chinese immigrant railroad workers. From Lee, she gains a perspective of working conditions on the railroad and the prejudices that the Chinese immigrants must face. When the Chinese immigrant workers strike to protest th
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Barb Middleton
Historical fiction books need to pedal the line between fact and fiction without drifting too far into either lane. Krensky drifts a little too far into the fact lane. They are interesting facts to be sure, but they propel the story more-so than the characters which makes the pacing slow in parts.

Winnie has gone with her mother to visit her dad who is working on the transcontinental railroad in the town of Cisco. While there, she learns how the Chinese workers are providing invaluable aid in bui
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Barbara
Dec 01, 2008 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children learning California history.
Ten-year-old Winnie moves to Cisco, California, with her family in the summer of 1867 when her father, a mining engineer for the Central Pacific Railroad, needs to relocate from Sacramento to help build the transcontinental railroad. Cisco is small, and there seem to be no other children at first. Most people were either miners or railroad workers, and many of these were Chinese immigrant laborers who were brought into the country just to build the railroad. The only friend Winnie makes is one o ...more
Emily
Wow! What a great historical fiction story! And to think I picked this up at a book sale for .25 cents! I am totally going to share this book with my teachers and students at school.
Heather
A little taste of history. Good introduction to learning about the transcontinental railroad.
Sharyn L.
Transcontinental railroad; Chinese; equality.
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