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Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad
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Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad

Imagine sitting in a basket dangling thousands of feet above the ground drilling a hole into the side of mountain. Then you have to stuff that hole with dynamite and get out of the way before it explodes. This dangerous work was just part of the job for the men who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Lively language, historical photos and illustrations, and primary accounts help readers understand the dangers the workers faced every day while building the Transcontinental Railroad. Meets Common Core critical thinking standards, and provides strong ties to social studies standards on westward expansion.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level910L
ATOS Level5.8
AR Points1
AR Quiz #167140
Early Intervention Level27
Text TypeInformational Text
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandFact Finders
Page Count32
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List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal - Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

"Some of the most exciting, pivotal times in American history are explored in these titles. Each book begins with a hook—a lively anecdote or a climactic situation—to pull readers in. . . .The text brims with amazing bits of information that are worthy of any “Ripley’s” book. . .Solid entries that make history intriguing." - School Library Journal

September 1, 2014

Norma Lewis

Norma Lewis

Norma Lewis is the author of six books and hundreds of articles, many on the topic of American history, including Alaska and her home state of Michigan. One of her favorite childhood memories is of riding a train from New York to Miami in the middle of winter. She still remembers the snowy slush when she boarded and the summery breeze blowing in her hair when she arrived. It seemed magical, and it sparked a lifelong passion for new places and new experiences.

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