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  • Published: 15 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780375870712
  • Imprint: RHUS Children's Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $29.99

The Secret Subway



From an acclaimed author and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known—and true!—story of New York City’s first subway.

From an acclaimed author and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known—and true!—story of New York City’s first subway.

New York City in the 1860s was a mess: crowded, disgusting, filled with garbage. You see, way back in 1860, there were no subways, just cobblestone streets. That is, until Alfred Ely Beach had the idea for a fan-powered train that would travel underground. On February 26, 1870, after fifty-eight days of drilling and painting and plastering, Beach unveiled his masterpiece—and throngs of visitors took turns swooshing down the track.

The Secret Subway will wow readers, just as Beach’s underground train wowed riders over a century ago.

A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016

  • Published: 15 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780375870712
  • Imprint: RHUS Children's Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Shana Corey

Shana was born in Savannah, Georgia, and grew up mostly in Charlotte, North Carolina. After college she moved to New York and became a children's book editor.

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