Coolies

Title

Coolies

Authors

Yin .

Illustrator

Chris K. Soentpiet

Publisher

Philomel Books

Publication Year

2001

ISBN

9780399232275

Genre

historical

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A young boy hears the story of his great-great-great-grandfather and his brother who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves helping to build the transcontinental railroad.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

AD870L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; Single parent; Langauge barrier; Immigrants and refugees; Race discrimination; single mother; learning a new langauge; family separation; resettlement; prejudice

Main Character

adult male

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Chinese)

Family Formation

mother

Awards

Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2001-2003, Honorable Mention, Illustration
International Reading Association Children's Book Award, 2002, Winner, Intermediate (Fiction)
Parents' Choice Award, 2001, Gold, Picture Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2001
Notable Children's Books, 2002 Younger Reader

Keywords

transcontinental railroad; brothers; ship; travel; unequal pay; dangerous; strike

Diversity Impact

direct

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