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A Bird On Water Street

by Elizabeth O. Dulemba

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This book brings back so many memories! Coppertown is really Copperhill, Tennessee, a small town on the Tennessee/Georgia border where my parents grew up and most of my family worked in the copper mines. The book tells of a family living in the only man-made desert in the world known as Ducktown and Copperhill. The book is well written and pulled me back home. The author nailed it. ( )
  wearylibrarian | Jul 31, 2017 |
Adult Reader Reaction: It took me a little bit to get into the story, but I liked Jack Hicks and his friend Piran instantly. Having lived and gone to school in West Virginia, I could easily relate to the mining environment and Jack's questions about mining practices, environmental impact. Family dynamics were realistic (without being dysfunctional), and I appreciated Jack's dilemma of not wanting to go into the "family business."

Pros: Young readers (and adults) will enjoy this well-paced story about life in a mining town. It is easy to extrapolate to other industries and/or towns economically impacted by "Company" events.

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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.… (more)

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