The Transcontinental Railroad: Crossing the Divide (History Comics)

by Andy Hirsch (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: History Comics

Turn back the clock with History Comics! In this graphic novel, experience the great railroad race between Central Pacific and Union Pacific. Wealth and glory await whichever builds the longest track!

In 1863, America is divided not just by the civil war but by months of travel over thousands of miles. Two railroad companies, one each from East and West, are given the task of connecting the nation by rail. Building this railroad will be a monumental undertaking, difficult and dangerous. The work falls to immigrant laborers from the lowest economic classes. They accomplish astounding feats of engineering while waiting for an answer: Will those who connect the country be accepted into it?

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Exhilarated readers will come away with clear enough pictures of the project's costs and benefits to decide whether the one was worth the other. Suspenseful, grand of scope, and related with cinematic brio.

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Andy Hirsch
Andy Hirsch is a cartoonist living in Dallas, Texas. He is the author and illustrator of several entries in First Second's Science Comics series including Dogs, Trees, Cats, and Rocks and Minerals
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
October 20, 2022
History Comics
BISAC categories
JNF057050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation | Railroads & Trains
JNF062020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
JNF061000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | General
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