Synopses & Reviews
"Your fortune lies to the west. Keep your face to the sunset . . . and one day youll 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 Conns Uncle Patrick lures him even farther west to Chicago, where they join the hardworking crew building what some called Ferriss Folly—the first Ferris wheel—then the largest wheel in the world and the showpiece of Chicagos 1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition.
About the Author
worked as a commercial artist before turning to the world of childrens 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. Lawsons 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 Worlds Columbian Expostion.