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Across America on an Emigrant Train

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  15 reviews
An account of Robert Louis Stevenson's twelve day journey from New York to California in 1879, interwoven with a history of the building of the transcontinental railroad and the settling of the West.
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 18th 1993 by Clarion Books
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Kayla Spohr
Across America on an Emigrant Train follows the journey of a young writer, Robert Stevenson. Author Jim Murphy depicts the life of Stevenson as he travels from Scotland to California by ship and then by the Continental Railroad. The reason for his expedition is to be with a girl he loves, who he has received word she is seriously ill. Stevenson was nothing if not passionate, and he reacted quickly to the news and he took what money he had and borrowed more from friends, and then set out for Cali ...more
Sherry (sethurner)
I have been working on family history, and discovered that my great grandmother's family traveled West from Iowa on the Union Pacific Railway in 1877. It was a emigrant train, something I had never heard of until I uncovered a letter detailing their travels. That's the reason I sought out this little YA book about emigrant trains. In 1879 Robert Lewis Stevenson came to San Francisco on a emigrant train to visit the woman he loved, and who he thought was dying. The book tells of his journey, and ...more
Richard
This is a small book written for older teenagers, but still very good. Murphy uses several diaries, especially, Robert Lewis Stevenson's diary when he left Scotland by boat to New York, then across America by train in 1879, 10 years after the transcontinental railroad was finished. Stevenson kept a journal of his trip. I had always wanted to know what train travel was like during those early years. Murphy adds reflections and journal entries from others who had made the same trip during that tim ...more
Jim
this is three really intersting books inone. A wonderfulpicture book of trains. A bio of robt louis stevenson's journey as a writer. A history of 19th century American emiration. Combine all three and you have another perfectly written Jim Murphy book. i put of reading this for more than a year because of the title, (Murphy can't always write home runs), wish i hadn't waited.
Laura
A riveting work of juvenile nonfiction. The photographs and illustrations were just as engaging as the text. Plus, I learned a lot about Robert Louis Stevenson.
At times the author's biases were too evident, which for me made the difference between 4 and 5 stars (since we're asked to rate these books).
Ellie
Nice nonfiction about the American Railroad system's heyday framed in the story of author Robert Louis Stevenson's trip across America on one such train. Well-written and interesting subject matter, though definitely not for everyone.
Sophia
An account of Robert Louis Stevenson's twelve day journey from New York to California in 1879, interwoven with a history of the building of the transcontinental railroad and the settling of the West.
Jess
Nonfiction about traveling across America during the early days of trains. It was interesting and has good photos.
Nile
I thought this book had a good point of view from Robert Stevenson's view. It was pretty good.
Rowan
Rather boring. . .I had to read it for school.
Maryann
Reading with 8th grade English class.
Heather
Sep 12, 2011 Heather marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
1994 Orbis Pictus Award Winner
Katie
Totally interesting and personable
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an American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce ...more
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