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The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing

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The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing
File:Therailroadadventuresofchensingcover.jpg
AuthorGeorge Chiang
IllustratorJessica Warner
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical Fiction - Children/Juvenile
ISBN978-1-4602-9940-1

The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing is a chapter book for young readers written by George Chiang and illustrated by Jessica Warner.[1] The book was published in hardcover, paperback and ebook on March 1, 2017 and won two 2017 Global Ebook Awards for best "Children's Literature Fiction" and "Juvenile Fiction"[2][3]

Origins[edit | edit source]

The book is a work of historical fiction inspired by stories that Isaac (Ike) Sing told to Chiang in the late 1990s. Chiang made two trips, totalling a period of three weeks, to Sing's home in Cawston, British Columbia and recorded many hours of interviews about his own life and the life of his father, Chen Sing. From these recordings Chiang put together the life story of Chen Sing and used it to write the book. The real Chen Sing was born in 1860 and was orphaned at a young age. He lived an impoverished existence in Yin Ping, Guangdong with his elder brother and sister until his teenage years when he left to go to the city of Guangzhou, China to find work. Once there he found out about an opportunity to help build a railway in North America. The book follows his journey from his home village to the end of his railroad building days.[4][5]

Plot[edit | edit source]

"While the book is a work of historical fiction, it is based on the life of a real Chen Sing, an orphan who emigrated from southern China in the wake of floods and famine. In the book, he is small but strong and is able to survive the arduous two-month sea voyage and succeed at various jobs with the railway crew that others can not handle because of his determination and intelligence. He is also helped by his friendship with members of the Coast Salish people, who help him acclimate to the surprisingly cold winter. One particularly delightful chapter extols the simple joys of ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowball fights, and other winter pastimes that Chen Sing enjoys for the first time with a new friend."[6]

Awards[edit | edit source]

2017 Global Ebook Award - Children's Literature Fiction[7][8]

2017 Global EBook Award - Juvenile Fiction[9][10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Chinese railway worker history comes to life in new Canadian children's book". rabble.ca. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  2. Global Ebook Awards The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing| globalebookawards.com, 2017-08-12
  3. 2017 Global Ebook Award Winners| globalebookawards.com, 2017-08-12
  4. Chinese Railway Worker History Comes to Life in New Canadian Children's Book http://rabble.ca/columnists/2017-03-22t000000/chinese-railway-worker-history-comes-life-new-canadian-childrens-book
  5. Railroad Tale Features Merrit | Merritt Herald p. 17, 2017-09-07
  6. Reviews: The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/the-railroad-adventures-of-chen-sing/
  7. Global Ebook Awards The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing| globalebookawards.com, 2017-08-12
  8. 2017 Global Ebook Award Winners| globalebookawards.com, 2017-08-12
  9. Global Ebook Awards The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing| globalebookawards.com, 2017-08-12
  10. 2017 Global Ebook Award Winners| globalebookawards.com, 2017-08-12


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