Reilly Giff, author of about
60 books for children, says that
she tries to write books "that
say ordinary people are
special." She says that all of
her books are based in some way
on her personal experiences, or
the experiences of members of
her family, or children she
meets. In an afterword to
The House of Tailors she
explains that the character of
Dina is based on her
great-grandmother, 'a loving,
laughing woman...who was the
heart of our family even long
after her death'.
Her latest book, Water Street, was published last week. Set in Brooklyn, it continues the story started in Nory Ryans Song (2000) and Maggies Door (2003).
For a short history of Brooklyn visit brooklynonline.com
The Franco-Prussian War, sometimes known as the Franco-German War, (1870-71) was a conflict between France and Prussia provoked by Otto von Bismarck (then the Prussian Prime Minister and later the first Chancellor of Germany) as part of his plan to create a unified German Empire (Deutsches Reich).
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