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Patrick T. McBriarty

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: McBriarty is a resident of Chicago.

Biography: McBriarty is a writer and creative producer based in Chicago. His first book was the three-time, award-winning history ''Chicago River Bridges'', which has been praised as entertaining, interesting, and accessible to most anyone interested in Chicago or Chicago history. It was the basis for the PBS documentary ''Chicago Drawbridges'', which he co-produced with filmmaker Stephen Hatch and was broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television.

  • '''''Drawbridges Open and Close'''''
  • -- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Airplanes take off and land /
ISBN: 1941216048 OCLC: 889647714

Experience a day in the life of Pilot Stacey and her nephew Little Harry as they take a flight aboard Crow-Flies Airline flight #6. You will learn, along with Little Harry, all about the inner workings of the airplane, and the many individual steps every pilot goes through before taking off and landing.

Chicago River bridges
ISBN: 9780252037863 OCLC: 891400010

McBriarty presents the untold history and development of Chicago's iconic bridges, from the first wood footbridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the fantastic marvels of steel, concrete, and machinery of today. It is the story of Chicago as seen through its bridges, for it has been the bridges that proved critical in connecting and reconnecting the people, industry, and neighborhoods of a city that is constantly remaking itself.

City railways :
ISBN: 1941216145 OCLC: 936349530

Join Sammy Hedgehog to learn about the Crosstown subway and elevated trains.

Drawbridges open and close /
ISBN: 1941216021 OCLC: 881041288

Experience a day in the life of Bridge Tender Todd and his sidekick Ponticat to learn about the inner workings and individual steps of opening and closing a drawbridge. As the animal characters go about their day, see how the Narrows Drawbridge of the busy town is shared by a variety of fanciful characters, watercraft, and vehicles.