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New York : Philomel Books, 2001
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0399232273
Shek and Wong, two Chinese brothers, come to mid-nineteenth-century America to work on the transcontinental railroad.  The two month trip from China is difficult, but nothing in comparison to the indignities and danger that they endure as workers on the railroad.  They are referred to in a derogatory manner as Coolies which means “bitter labor” in Chinese.  And bitter it was. The brothers endure more than they could have imagined – bleeding hands, blasting dynamite, and treacherous avalanches.  All for very little pay.  This book reveals actual events in the history of the American railroad while celebrating the love and loyalty between two brothers who were determined not only to survive, but to succeed.
Prepared by: Joyce Wolfe for South Carolina Children's Book Award
SUBJECTS:     Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Central Pacific Railroad Company -- Fiction.
                        Railroads -- Fiction.


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