Shek marvels at the new world as he and his brother, Little Wong, arrive in California. Along with hundreds of other workers, the brothers are going to build a great railroad across the West. They plan to save enough money so that their mother and little brothers can join them in America. But as days grow into months, they endure many hardships-exhausting work, discrimination, and treacherous avalanches. Inspired by actual events, this story reveals the harsh truth about life for the Chinese railroad workers in 1865, while celebrating their perseverance and bravery.
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“This is an important story, full of drama and emotion and it is here given its proper recognition and tribute in both words and glorious art.” –Kirkus Reviews
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Published by Puffin Books May 26, 2003| 40 Pages| 12 x 9-3/4| 7-10 years| ISBN 9780142500552