Bibliographic Information: Yee, P. (1996). Ghost Train. Vancouver: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre.
Brief Annotation: Choon-yi gets a letter from her father to come paint in North America, so she leaves China to go see her father but once she gets there she finds out he is dead. She wants to paint the trains her father worked on and can’t get it right until a ghost takes her on a mysterious train ride.
Grade Level: 4-6
Readers who will like this: Children who like trains; children who like the Chinese culture and stories; children who like ghosts; children who like mystery.
Rating/Response: 5 This book is amazing! The story is very touching and the illustrations are exquisite. There is a lot to explore in this story, and many questions arise while reading. But, you might want to build background knowledge about the Chinese people coming to North America to build railroads before reading.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you know about Chinese people (and others) who came to North America to help build the railroads?
Reading Strategy: Questioning
Rationale for Strategy: This book is great for questioning because there are so many opportunities for students to ask questions. This story already is kind of mysterious, so it is hard not to think of lots of questions and see if they get answered while reading!
Posted by: Jenna Bosch