A Bird On Water Street

A Bird On Water Street

by Elizabeth O. Dulemba

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Overview

A Bird On Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba

When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? 

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619891050
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 247
Sales rank: 1,156,119
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth O. Dulemba has written or illustrated over two dozen books for children, including her historical fiction debut A Bird on Water Street, winner of more than a dozen literary awards. She received a BFA from the University of Georgia, served as Illustrator Coordinator for the southern region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and served as a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Illustration from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. During the summers, she hops across the pond to teach Picture Book Design in the MFA in Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books program at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She enjoys traveling and seeing new sights with her husband, Stan. Visit Elizabeth online at dulemba.com.

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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set during the 1980s, the book chronicles the 8th grade year of Jack Hicks, who lives in Coppertown. The small copper mining town sits at the southern tip of the Appalachian mountains in a denuded area known as the Copper Basin. There is a not a tree, a bug or a fish that lives in the area, and Jack, who does not want to be a miner like his father and grandfather before him, aims to change things. There are so many gorgeous lines like "Coppertown sits in a bowl at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains" and the "Tohachee River cuts from the east to the west...like a zipper. I loved all of the names in this book that suggest something ominous will happen; you have Principal Slaughter and Grandpa's store is by Old Brawling Town Creek. I especially love how Dulemba contrasted the denuded landscape with the lush forest. When Jack Hicks, the main character, sees real trees (what a concept! after all, kids take trees for granted), he calls them "living sculptures" and contrasts the beauty to his "paperbag landscape." Dulemba did a great job with her first-person narration and Jack sounds like a real 13 (and then 14 year-old). I laughed out loud when he called it the "bird-crap tree." Some of the most moving parts are when Jack tries to do something about his scarred world. I loved it when he plants a garden and gets excited about the tadpoles (a new thing-- as nothing obviously lives in Coppertown), and I cried for Jack when the frogs end up dead. Dulemba does a great job of setting this up. After all, she described the pond the frogs are in as "crusty silicate dust." But I love that Dulemba offered so much hope as well.
Sue_P More than 1 year ago
With heartfelt passion, Dulemba takes the reader into a world few people knew. Set in 1986 in the Copper Basin, at the intersection of Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, the story follows a bright thirteen-year-old boy as his family and his town struggle to survive. By taking the reader directly into the lives of the beautifully crafted characters, the author shows how the environment impacts everyone involved.
JAMR More than 1 year ago
I ripped through this book in two days. It's an engaging story that touches on heavy issues with a light hand. Coppertown is a juxtaposition of life and death. In the midst of a bleak landscape that's been clear cut by mining is a community full of love and music. Thirteen-year-old Jack calls it home and wants to stay there, but not at the cost of miners losing their lives in accidents or friends succumbing to illness caused by the acidic air. When layoffs and strike have his friends and family leaving town one by one, Jack is torn by the loss of community, but at the same time excited by the slow gain of something he loves passionately -- nature. After reading A Bird On Water Street, I'm more appreciative of the wealth of trees, birds and even bugs(!) in my own neighborhood. I highly recommend this enjoyable read.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.