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Book Title: Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb|
The author of the book: Nancy Farmer
ISBN 13: 9780803719293
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.31 MB
Date of issue: September 1st 1999
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Sims Webb was a young man who lived next to a railroad track. Everyday he would hear the trains go by. The sound to him was like a lullaby. He later began shoveling coal on board a train, a job he worked with Casey. One day as Casey was driving by, he stopped at a saloon. A man, whom Sims was very suspicious of, offered to give Casey a trumpet, whom he claimed belong to the angel Gabriel, to put on his train. Sims had a bad feeling about this man. Casey took the trumpet and put it on board his train. He blew all five of the trumpets. When it came time for the seven trumpet to be blown, there was not sufficient steam so Casey asked Sims to add more coal. Sims did not want to because he knew the danger. Casey insist he do it. So Sims did as he was told. When he did, the train began going too fast, while another train was on the track. Casey tried to slow the train down. He did. But Sims had to jump from the train, but it still crashed. Casey found in the rubble. No one else on the train was hurt. Sims retire and went back to being a brick layer.
I enjoyed the short story. I think Sims character had a lot of integrity. His skill to discern that the seventh trumpet was not a great idea displays him as a character whom Casey should have listened to.
I was greatly surprised that this book was written based on a true story. I thought, "wow, what a great adventure." But as I read the end and read the side note, I realized that all of this was true. I think it made the book even more interesting now that know that piece of information.
+8 I think this age group would enjoy the adventure of the trains and hearing how young Sims sat near the train tracks to listen to the trains as they went by.
Read information about the authorNancy was born in 1941 in Phoenix and grew up in a hotel on the Arizona-Mexico border where she worked the switchboard at the age of nine. She also found time to hang out in the old state prison and the hobo jungle along the banks of the Colorado River. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning her BA in 1963. Instead of taking a regular job, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to India (1963-1965). When she returned, she moved into a commune in Berkeley, sold newspapers on the street for a while, then got a job in the Entomology department at UC Berkeley and also took courses in Chemistry there. Restless, again, she decided to visit Africa. She and a friend tried to hitchhike by boat but the ship they'd selected turned out to be stolen and was boarded by the Coast Guard just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. Nancy eventually got to Africa on a legal ship. She spent more than a year on Lake Cabora Bassa in Mozambique, monitoring water weeds. Next she was hired to help control tsetse fly in the dense bush on the banks of the Zambezi in Zimbabwe. Part of the time she spent in the capital, Harare, and was introduced to her soon-to-be husband by his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. He proposed a week later. Harold and Nancy now live in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona on a major drug route for the Sinaloa Cartel. This is the setting for The Lord of Opium. They have a son, Daniel, who is in the U.S. navy.
Nancy's honors include the National Book Award for The House of the Scorpion and Newbery Honors for The Ear, the Eye and The Arm, A Girl Named Disaster and The House of the Scorpion. She is the author of nine novels, three picture books and a number of short stories. Her books have been translated into 26 languages.
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