Water Street


“Right here at our doorstep we’ll have the most beautiful bridge in the world.” says Patricia Reilly Giff who is the author of Water Street.

“Brooklyn, 1875. Bird Mallon lives on Water Street, where you can see the Brooklyn Bridge being built.” The main character, Bird, wants nothing more than to become a healer, like her mother Nory, of the people in her town. She also wants to help her sister Annie find love, and to try to convince her brother Hughie to stop fighting for money with his street gang. And lastly, she also wishes that a girl her age and her family could move upstairs in cthe empty apartment.

“But Thomas Neary and his father move in upstairs.” Thomas, who is also another main character, is an extraordinary writer and keeps track of his daily life and new events happening in a journal. “Thomas, who has a secret that only Bird suspects, and who turns out to be the best friend she could ever have.”

Patricia Reilly Giff is one of my favorite authors. This is a great book for anyone who loves historical fiction. Water Street also makes the reader feel as though they are part of the book, and are sucked into the story. Overall, Water Street has a great plot. I learned I learned from the book that a friend is not always who you think they could be, and sometimes true friends are right in front of you. However, giving something up for a friendship is definitely worth it.



Author: Patricia Reilly Giff

Genre: Historical Fiction