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10 Routes That Crossed the World

By Gillian Richardson
Illustrated by Kim Rosen
Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: WHST.6-8.4,6,7,8,9,1

Reading Level: Lexile 1190L
Hardcover : 9781554518760, 164 pages, April 2017 , 9.5" x 7.25"
Paperback : 9781554518753, 164 pages, April 2017 , 9.5" x 7.25"

Table of contents

1. Beringia—Bridge to a New World
2. Roman Roads—Designed for Conquest
3. Camino de Santiago—Pathways to Faith
4. Inca Roads—Mapping an Empire
5. Khyber Pass—Valley of Invasions
6. Trans-Siberian Railroad—Unifying a Nation
7. Chilkoot Trail—Rough Road to Riches
8. Serengeti Migration Trail—Nature Leads the Way
9. Route 66—Highway to a New Life
10. Ho Chi Minh Trail—Artery of War
Selected Bibliography
Further Reading
Image Credits
About the Author and Illustrator


Vivid storytelling brings to life the pathways of world history.
Written for middle-grade readers, 10 Routes That Crossed the World explores famous roads, trails, and pathways across the globe that have played a significant role in human history. Chapter subjects include the first crossing of humans into North America across the Bering Strait; the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain and its importance to pilgrims for centuries; how the Inca Trail in Peru helped both build an empire and facilitate its destruction; the war-torn Khyber Pass connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan; the building of the Trans-Siberian Railroad under extreme conditions; the short but treacherous Chilkoot Trail, which led hopeful gold prospectors to riches; and the Serengeti migration trail, traveled by millions of animals and Maasai people for generations. Dramatic fictionalized stories with accompanying artwork open each chapter, and colorful pages include a variety of archival and modern photos.


Awards and reviews for 10 Plants That Shook the World
*Eureka Honor Award, California Reading Association
*de Bary Children’s Science Book Award
*Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
*2014 Green Book Festival Award
*2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist
*Cybils Award nomination

“An intriguing and well-designed study of the ways plants have helped start wars, cure diseases, and advance technology.”—Publishers Weekly *starred review

Reviews for 10 Ships That Rocked the World
“Highly readable … an excellent resource … a solid title for any school and public library.”—CM?Reviews

“Lively and accessible.”—Hakai Magazine

Awards and reviews for Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds
*American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award
*Best Books List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
*Silver Birch Award finalist, Ontario Library Association
*Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination
*Red Cedar Information Book Award nomination

“Richardson’s writing style will appeal to readers. Educational and appealing. Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine

“An engrossing attention-getter, effectively tapping the sensationalism of all types of blasts.”—School Library Journal


- School Library Journal, 04/17

“An excellent addition to library collections. More than a book of facts, it also inspires wonder at human ingenuity.” 

- Canadian Children’s Books News, Fall/17

“A mostly satisfying mix of history and geography for the curious armchair traveler.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 03/01/17

“An excellent resource for research and teaching. As with its companions in the series, 10 Routes that Changed the World informs and also instils more wonder (and sometimes sorrow) at the world around us, and is indeed, as Richardson’s dedication hopes it would be, a book for those who blaze trails, and for the curious who follow them.” 

- CM Reviews, 09/22/17

“A good choice for nonfiction readers and armchair travelers.”

- School Library Connection, 11/17