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Until the Last Spike: The Journal of Sean Sullivan, a Transcontinental Railroad Worker, Nebraska and Points West, 1867
My Name is America Series Book #18 of 19 in alphabetical order (switch to publication order)
Author: William Durbin

Book Info

Published on September 1, 1999
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.9 (5.0 Points, Quiz #32210)
GLE: 5.7
DRA: 60
Lexile® measure: 1000L

In 1867, fifteen-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Rairoad.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
I saw my first scalp today and I have to admit that it scared me good.

Back Cover:
August 17 - Last night I found out why the Indians are still so dangerous…. Pa and his buddy Bill Flanagan were playing cribbage like they usually do before they go to bed, when a bullet whizzed through the side of our tent. I didn't even realize what had happened until a shaving mug exploded on a shelf just above my head. Then a fraction of a second later we heard the report of a rifle, followed by a far-off war whoop.... Pa and Bill crawled into bed without even bothering to pick up the broken pieces of that mug. They started snoring right away, but I lay awake for a long time after.... I couldn't help but wonder how awful it would be to take a stray bullet in the brain and never know why.

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