The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel


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Newbery Honor book

"Your fortune lies to the west. Keep your face to the sunset . . . and one day you'll ride the greatest wheel in all the world."

When Aunt Honora reads this fortune in his tea leaves, Conn Kilroy knows he is destined for greater things than his small Irish village can offer. A letter from his uncle Michael in America offering Conn a partnership in his New York contracting company sets Conn on his western adventure. Just a few short months later Conn's Uncle Patrick lures him even farther west to Chicago, where they join the hardworking crew building what some called Ferris's Folly-the first Ferris wheel-then the largest wheel in the world and the showpiece of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802777058
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 416,914
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 10 - 15 Years

About the Author

Robert Lawson worked as a commercial artist before turning to the world of children's books. He began his career as an illustrator but soon became a writer as well. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for They Were Strong and Good in 1941, and in 1945 he was awarded the Newbery Medal for Rabbit Hill. The Great Wheel was Mr. Lawson's last book. He died in 1957.

Richard Peck is the author of the Newbery Medal Winner A Year Down Yonder, as well as Fair Weather, a novel of the 1893 World's Columbian Expostion.

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Great Wheel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MereYom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting account of the building of the first Ferris Wheel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
slow but interesting. no action at all. if i were you i'd take some of the CRITIC's advice on what to read. here are some listings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was about a young 18 year old Irsh men. He moves to America to hlpe his uncle build the world's largest wheel. He is very happy about he construsction. He builds the wheel with his uncle. He is under the watch of Mr. Ferris the creator the idea for the wheel.