“Children will relish this little-known piece of railroad lore, with its echoes of an epic battle being waged, and won."
“Farmer’s fully realized portrait of a little-known figure from African-American history will fascinate readers […] Children will want to proceed full steam ahead to the dramatic finale.”
“This is dramatic stuff and Bernardin’s vivid, painterly illustrations do it justice, with larger-than-life heroes, and the mythic Cannonball hurtling through the night landscape.”
School Library Journal
“Farmer eloquently interweaves history and myth into a suspenseful, engrossing drama, enhanced by well-developed characters, particularly Sim, an ordinary man challenged by extraordinary circumstances. Bernardin’s lush, vibrant paintings are lovely and mystical.”