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Train Wreck
ISBN: 9781481468008
Author: Duey, Kathleen/ Bale, Karen A.
Publisher: Aladdin
Published: November 2016
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Aspiring to become an animal trainer like a fellow performer he admires, Maximo, a high wire stuntwoman's son growing up in the circus in late 19th-century Kansas, confronts his worst nightmares in the wake of a train accident that has set a herd of elephants and a dangerous Bengal tiger loose on the countryside. Simultaneous and eBook.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Circus
Library of Congress Subjects:
Railroad accidents; Juvenile fiction.
Railroad stories.
Circus; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016951175
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Survivors
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Historical Fiction, Art/Music, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
Suspenseful and fraught with danger, the third-person narration alternates between orphaned Maximo (circus elephant handler in training) and equilibrist Jodi. When their circus train wrecks in rural Kansas, both children face challenges: Jodi's fear of heights since her mother's crippling accident, and Max's inexperience with animals. Details of circus life are incorporated throughout; unfortunately, this formulaic historical-fiction series lacks contextual back matter. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 June)
Gr 4-7Max and Jodi are traveling across the country with the circus. Max is an orphan who is apprenticing as a wild-animal trainer and Jodi is a 13-year-old equilibrist. Both of these dangerous jobs provide constant adventure, and the book flows well as it follows the nonstop action. Chapters are filled with very real situations such as stampeding elephants and death-defying high-wire acts, all of which are believably presented with plausible and (mostly) happy endings. The climax occurs when, on the road to a performance in a new town, the circus train causes the collapse of a trestle and falls into a river during a storm. The story deals with physical risks, but also the mental challenges of winning out over fear to do what one must. Exciting without being melodramatic, the book will have great appeal to all kids, especially as Max and Jodi emergealbeit predictablyas the heroes, winning the respect and admiration of the adults.Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews