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The Train Jumper

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
OUT OF WORK AND OUT OF LUCK. Ed "Collie" Collier encounters hobos, misers, racists, and even some kindness while riding the rails during the Great Depression.

Collie leaves home in search of his older brother, who has run off. Battling hunger, hostility, and wrathful weather, he meets an unlikely ally in a young drifter. They jump a freight train, joining thousands and thou
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Roaring Brook Press
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Adrian Dahlquist
Trying to keep his family together during hard times was not the only problem for Edward Collier or “Collie”. He was a fourteen year old boy in search of his older brother William or “Little Bill” and leaving his widowed mother behind. Ever since their father died, life for Collie and his family has been rough. The stock market crashed and they were living through the Great Depression. No one could find work, people all over would do odd jobs just to put food on the table. Luckily, Little Bill w ...more
The characters were relatively flat and though they learned more information over time, they never seemed to grow in any significant way. While the ideas behind train jumping during the depression are generally very interesting to me, I wasn't really pulled into this story. Fortunately, it was short enough to be over quickly and with lots of action to distract me along the way. Collie (not Eddie, he hates being called Ed and Eddie) does finally stand up to the racism his friend Ike is experienci ...more
This is a fascinating slice of life from the Great Depression. Eddie is in search of his older brother, who has run away seeking his fortune. Eddie hooks up with a hobo who teaches him to ride the rails. Along the way, Eddie must learn how to avoid "bulls" who beat mercilessly anyone caught hitching a free ride. He also meets and befriends a young black boy who is shunned by the white riders because of his color. This is a great novel for reluctant readers because it is short and filled with act ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Collie leaves his mom to search for his older brother who left to find work in CO w/the CCC. His brother left due to drinking and was physical with his mother, but Collie wants him back. So Collie jumps the train as many teens and young men without work did back in the depression. He meets up with Scarecrow and then Ike who help him find his way. A great historical ficiton read about a little known part of depression life.
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This book is good so far its talking about him and how he lives i like it so far its a good book
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