Casey Jones's Fireman by Nancy Farmer
The Story of Sim Webb (Phyllis Fogelman Books)

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The exciting story of a famous train disaster, as told by a two-time Newbery Honor author

In the final years of the nineteenth century, the engineer of the mighty locomotive depends on the fireman to stoke the furnace that runs the engine and supplies steam to the whistle. Sim Webb is proud to be Casey Jones's fireman--because Casey is the best engineer on the Illinois Central, and his is the biggest whistle. But one day Casey and Sim meet a sinister red-headed gentleman who offers Casey an even bigger whistle, an unearthly whistle that Sim knows should not be blown. Can Sim stop Casey from dooming not only the train, but the entire world?

The marvelous text of two-time Newbery Honor winner Nancy Farmer, and astonishingly vivid art of James Bernardin bring a thrilling part of American history and folklore to fire-breathing, steam-belching life. It's a story that will blaze across the reader's imagination and will not soon be forgotten.
 

About Nancy Farmer

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Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor Books: "The Ear the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster;" and "The House of the Scorpion, " which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award. Other books include "Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, " and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and now lives with her family in Menlo Park, California. James Bernardin graduated from the Art Center College of Designing Pasadena, California, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators. In addition to the best-selling The Legend of the Candy Cane, other books he has illustrated include The Legend of the Easter Egg. He lives with his family in Washington state.
 
Published September 1, 1999 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Bernardin (Dancing with the Wind) depicts Webb and Jones as jovial, hardworking young men, but the real stars of these dark-hued dramatic oil paintings are the trains, seen on nearly every page.

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