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There's A New Children's Book Based On How The Red Line Works

By Justin Breen | October 19, 2016 6:16am
"City Railways Go Above and Below" is a new children's book based loosely on the Red Line.
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DOWNTOWN — The CTA's Red Line is the subject of a new children's book.

The 48-page book, "City Railways Go Above and Below," is loosely based on the Red Line.

The book, written by North Center resident Patrick McBriarty with illustrations from New York-based Johanna H. Kim, was released this month.

McBriarty's book features characters Julia, a train operator, and her son, Ben, who goes on a ride with his mom to see what her job entails as the train goes above and below ground. The train is riding the "Crosstown Railway."

"I chose the Red Line because it offered some interesting and fun features for kids to have illustrated such as they way it changes from elevated to subway and back again, that it goes under a river, without getting wet," McBriarty said.

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The book is part of a series that is designed to teach children how things work.

"The best part about doing these books is being invited to do author-school visits to share my passion for education and how things work with kids and teachers," McBriarty said.

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The book is available for between about $11-$15 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble's website. McBriarty said neighborhood stores that sell the book include Roscoe Books, Unabridged Books, City Lit Books, The Book Stall, Centuries & Sleuths, the Chicago Bridgehouse Museum and CAF Gift Shop.

A fictional Crosstown Railway System in a new book based loosely on the Red Line.

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