The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps by Stephen Krensky

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In 1867, while staying with her father in a small California mining town, ten-year-old Winnie meets a Chinese boy close to her age and discovers the role of his people in completing the transcontinental railroad.
 

About Stephen Krensky

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Stephen Krensky has published more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts. They have two grown sons. Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director, designer, and artist who has published more than 15 books for young children. She lives with her family in British Columbia.
 
Published April 25, 2012 by Yearling. 96 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The abortive strike staged in 1867 by Chinese workers on the Sierra Nevada portion of the transcontinental railroad, as perceived by 10-year-old Winnie Tucker, daughter of a Central Pacific mining engineer who is superintending the blasting of the Summit Tunnel.

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The role of Chinese laborers in building the transcontinental railroads fuels this novel set in 1867;

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When an explosion traps Lee's brother and Winnie's father in a mine, Krensky avoids a pat happy ending, instead devising a bittersweet conclusion that renders his historically accurate story even more powerful.

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