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New York : Philomel Books,
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
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
Carolina Children's Book Award
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Central Pacific Railroad Company -- Fiction.
Railroads -- Fiction.
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