Stan – A Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth Dulemba

IMG_4854As soon as I heard about this project, I knew I would have to feature Elizabeth Dulemba’s historical fiction for young adults, A Bird on Water Street (abirdonwaterstreet.com). I’d sleep on the couch if I didn’t! The book’s roots are in Cornwall – many of the miners there headed to the new world to take up copper mining starting circa 1843. Jack is the main character, and his best friend is Piran, after the patron saint of tin mining. Set near Epworth, Georgia, the twinned city to Cornwall, it tells the story of the closing of the town mine in the late 20th century, through the eyes of a 14 year old. By the time it was published I’d read it at least 30 times; such is the dedication of a novelist’s husband. Do note that while the street sign in the photo resides in Leith, the book does not travel there.

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