Published Date: May 7, 2014
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
Author: Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Genres: Middle Grade Reading, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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. – Summary on Goodreads
Hi, guys! *waves* So, y’all know that I don’t like DNF’ing books but when a book isn’t reaching you the way that it should, it begins to feel like a chore. That’s how reading this book felt. I appreciate the sentiment- that humans are destroying nature- but A Bird on Water Street fell flat for me. The plot seemed a little scattered and didn’t really flow that well. I kept waiting for something to happen, for something to latch on and tug at my heart strings…but…yeah…that didn’t happen
I feel really bad for not loving this one, especially since it was an ARC but I must be honest. The average rating is a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads, so I know there are people who love it. I just wish it could’ve been me!
*Thanks to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review*