A Bird on Water Street


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A Bird on Water Street is a coming of age story about Jack, a boy growing up in a Southern Appalachian town environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper-mining practices and pollution. Jack is opposed to the mine where so many of his relatives have died, but how can he tell that to his Dad who wants him to follow in the family trade? Jack just wants his dad safe, and the land returned to its pre-mining glory with trees, birds, frogs, and nature—like he’s learning about in school. After Jack’s uncle is killed in a mining accident and the Company implements a massive layoff, the union organizes and the miners go on strike. It seems Jack’s wish is coming true. But the cost may be the ruin of his home and everything he loves.

Mom's Choice Gold Award 2014 SIBA Okra Pick Moonbeam Gold Award
2014 Academics' Choice Smart Book Award The Ultimate Southern Lit Reading List: The 2015 SIBA Book Award Long List ForeWord Review Book of the Year Finalist Green Earth Honor Award Georgia Author of the Year award

2014 National Book Festival Featured Title for Georgia
2015 Books All Young Georgians Should Read
2015 Nomination for Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award
2015-16 Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalist

2 reviews for A Bird on Water Street

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    “Hard scrabble living was never so enticing. In A BIRD ON WATER STREET, Dulemba seamlessly melds a coming of age story to the reality of life in a single industry town. A book that makes the leap from one era to another with ease.”
    – Betsy Bird, New York Public Library Youth Materials Specialist, author of Giant Dance Party and the blog Fuse #8

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    A Bird on Water Street written by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, is about a boy named Jack who lives in Coppertown, Tennessee in 1986. Because people in his city mine, acid rain forms, in turn, killing off everything but humans. Jack’s dad is a miner but Jack doesn’t like that because it puts his dad in jeopardy every day, but his family is the second richest in town. Jack is torn between what he wants and what he has. I really like this book because there is more than one story and you learn how mining affects communities. You should really read this book because it is very deep and intriguing.” ~ Isaac Salzman, age 10

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