Wednesday, November 28, 2012


A book review by Mr. B.  from the Grandview Branch Library: 

Tracks by Diane Lee Wilson

At the conclusion of TRACKS, thirteen year-old Irishman and sometimes thief Malachy; Malachy’s former adversary seventeen year-old Keung, a Celestial (read: Chinaman); bulldog mutt Brina; and blind work horse Tom, are traveling down life’s road together. It wasn’t always like that.

TRACKS is the warts and all story of how they met on the construction crew finishing the Transcontinental Railroad. Wilson’s well researched historical details the hard-scrapple life of the rail workers as they tunnelled west to east, as well as the open bigotry - and the language of that bigotry - that existed between cultures and races within each crew. At times, Wilson proves to be a bit wordy, but it’s a solid adventure that works on several levels.  

For readers in 6th and up. 

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