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An exclusive AUDIO interview with Patricia Newman,

first-time author of JINGLE THE BRASS

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005)


Author Patricia Newman lives in northern california with her husband and two children. Jingle the Brass is her first book.

Step back in time to Ruby's hash house and put on the nosebag with the boss hogger. He'll tell you he likes his eggs with headlights, but if you want scrambled, just order wreck on the main line. Follow him as he and his ashcat warm up on the engine at the roundhouse and hitch her up to a jigger. Then jingle the brass and ride the point. . . Get ready to feel the wind in your hair as the rods start flashing. . . Learning the lingo is just part of the fun, because now you're railroading!

Illustrator Michael Chesworth is the author and illustrator



of Alphaboat and Archibald Frisby. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts,

with his wife and their two children.