Runaway Train

Saved by Belle of the Mines and Mountains

From the Series Setting the Stage for Fluency

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Lonely and bored with rural life in 1856, young Bella Lee Dunkinson began to hang around the local railroad. Engineer John Hardiman took a liking to the spirited girl and gave her a boy’s responsibilities helping with the engine. One stormy night, the engine was slipping dangerously on wet rails. While John was putting sand on the tracks, Bella found herself alone in the cab driving the train up a steep and dangerous mountainside—a 16-year-old female faced with a task that would terrify any seasoned male engineer. After her heroic and triumphant climb to the mountaintop, she was hailed by the miners who met her there as the “Belle of the Mines and Mountains.”

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2015
Publisher Red Chair Press
Imprint Red Chair Press
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Text Type Drama
BISACS JNF017000, JNF025200, JNF023000
Dewey 812
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 171483
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, and eSource

Author: Wim Coleman

Wim Coleman has written more than 100 books with his wife. For 13 years he lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where he created and managed a scholarship program for at-risk youth.

Author: Pat Perrin

Pat Perrin has written more than 100 books with her husband. For 13 years she lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she created and managed a scholarship program for at-risk youth.

Illustrator: Joanne Renaud

Joanne Renaud graduated from Art Center College of Design in California. She studied graphic design at Central Washington University and art at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She lives in Los Angeles.


School Library Journal

“[T]hese engaging and creative offerings succeed, introducing important people, events, and inventions in a lively, dramatic way….Recommended for history curricula, as well as for both school and public libraries.”―School Library Journal