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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Reilly Giff Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780739336472
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Brooklyn, 1875: Bird Mallon lives on Water Street where you can see the huge towers of the bridge to Manhattan being built. Bird wants nothing more in life than to be brave enough to be a healer, like her mother, Nory, to help her sister Annie find love, and to convince her brother, Hughie, to stop fighting for money with his street gang. And of course, she wishes that a girl would move into the empty apartment upstairs so that she can have a new friend close by.

But Thomas Neary and his Pop move in upstairs. Thomas who writes about his life in his journal--his father who spends each night at the Tavern down the street, the mother he wishes he had, and the Mallon family downstairs that he desperately wants to be a part of. Thomas, who has a secret that only Bird suspects, and who turns out to be the best friend Bird could ever have.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Historical fiction at its best. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
  • A poignant immigration story of friendship, work, and the meaning of home. Booklist, Starred
  • Giff makes Bird’s Brooklyn so real you could touch it. The Horn Book
  • Giff masterfully integrates the historical material and presents a vivid picture of the immigrant struggle in the 1870s. School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/17/2014

    " My first complete audio book experience! It was done well enough to make me want to try another. An enjoyable story. Nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 2/14/2014

    " A very sweet story. I liked Thomas and Bird! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bells | 2/4/2014

    " Good book about early life in America "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette | 2/4/2014

    " Wonderful historical fiction with the backdrop being the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Two narrators, Bird and her upstairs neighbor Thomas tell a story of finding your place in the world and the struggles of irish immigrants in 19th century New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Yuen | 1/28/2014

    " I thought that this book was really interesting because based on its cover it looked like it was how life used to be back then. That was the reason I read this book was because the cover had caught my eye. When I read this book, I felt really bad for the characters in the book because their families weren't the way they wanted it to be. Also their family members didn't care about what they thought. This made me realize how lucky some of us are out there in the world because there are some children that live in a foster home not knowing who their parents are or having only one parent by their side. Some people just take advantage of what they have and not think about other people. One theme that I found during this book was to appreciate what you have and don't take advantage of it because on the future you will regret what you did or what you didn't do and it will bite you back even worst. This book taught really good lessons and the author did a really good job by the way she told it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah B | 1/16/2014

    " so far because it is telling me about how when the hard times hit you really don't want to get in trouble. plus you should be nice to someone even if they don't have a big family or if they eat with you at ever meal. I learned if you are good at something and your parent's want you to keep doing it. They will give up there dream to help yours come true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/13/2014

    " A lovely tale of life in New York in the late 1800s filled with rich details and a beautiful message of hope and friendship. A quick read perfect for a young adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting main character: she isn't perfect, which is refreshing. I think this is a "mild" historical fiction--but perhaps not for the average reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Burns | 12/21/2013

    " Enjoyed the characters thoroughly (just a tad sad not to be able to follow them on a bit more). I can't exactly think of why 3 stars, I do, however, remember thinking at one point that something in the plot or writing "just bumped it down from 4." Still, a very fine read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michellena | 12/6/2013

    " Checked it out for my daughter but it looked interesting so I read it. I enjoyed a nice, simple, interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 11/16/2013

    " Such a good, little book. As a nurse I really appreciated it. I have had such good luck lately choosing my books from the JUV section! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 7/12/2013

    " I REALLY enjoyed this book! It was very well written AND free of mushy stuff - can't get any better than that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/21/2013

    " Listened on CD while driving and it was a great story. 1800's New York immigrant community story! Great characters and a story that taught a little bit too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 4/28/2013

    " I thought that it was very cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/3/2012

    " This book is pretty good so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/26/2012

    " this was a quick read about the building of the brooklyn bridge as seen through the eyes of two teenagers fun book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/19/2012

    " I am listening to this book on CD. Fourth grade is reading it as a grade level since it ties in with their curriculum unit on immigration. It is very good so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisi | 6/14/2012

    " I loved It. It was really interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hailey | 12/11/2011

    " This was a pretty good book, the olny thing I didn'tlike about it was it was kinda sad and semi depressing. I guess if you like that kind of historical fiction that's sad/ depressing you'll like it more then i did. lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kbtri | 10/17/2011

    " The girls and I listened to this on CD on our latest road trip. It's truly a wonderful coming of age/love story set during the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1875-76. It's told from both the boy and the girl's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 5/11/2011

    " Great reader. This was a nice historical novel for the younger set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/11/2010

    " Lovely book. Right up there with A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 10/2/2010

    " Kind of nice...just not that into it for some reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 8/20/2010

    " Such a good, little book. As a nurse I really appreciated it. I have had such good luck lately choosing my books from the JUV section! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bells | 4/7/2010

    " Good book about early life in America "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/20/2010

    " After reading Pictures of Hollis Woods by Giff, I wanted to read more of her books and found this one. Cute story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2010

    " Good book to learn about early 1900s for ms students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/12/2009

    " read with Lily. The last of the three Nory Ryan books. Really good little books about the Irish immigrant experience from a 12-year-old's point of view. Lily loves history and "real" stories and my dad's side of the family all came from Ireland, so it was relavant for her (and me)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/6/2009

    " Great intermediate grades historical fiction. Moves fast, gives great detail of building the bridge, the underwater construction, and a compasionate story about immigrants in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/28/2009

    " this was a quick read about the building of the brooklyn bridge as seen through the eyes of two teenagers fun book! "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.