Patricia Reilly Giff has done it again and this time - even better, I think!! In Water Street, we learn the story of Bird and her life in New York in1875 during the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. (This area of the U.S. is unfamilar to me but I am sure if you live anywhere near there it is even more appealing.) Bird and her neighbor, Thomas Neary, spend their eigth grade year making big decisions about what to do with their lives. To complicate matters, Bird's family are immigrants from Ireland after the potato famine - we see how they were treated and how difficult it must have been to be an immigrant. One of those teens-coming-of-age books, but so sweet and this is truly one of those I DID NOT want to end.