Ashes of Roses

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Macmillan, May 1, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 250 pages
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The honest and compelling story of a young girl's newfound independence, from her entrance into a new country to her frightening involvement in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911.

My heart filled with fear and hope at the same time. I had the feeling that I was brought to America for a purpose. Something important would happen to me here.

I remembered the words of the poem, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses . . ."

"Here we are, America," I whispered. "We're just exactly what you ordered."

When she arrives on Ellis Island as a seventeen-year-old Irish immigrant, Rose Nolan is looking for a land of opportunities; what she finds is far from all she'd dreamed. Stubborn and tenacious, she refuses to give up. Left alone to fend for herself and her younger sister, Rose is thrust into a hard-knock life of tenements and factory work.

When the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 rushes into Rose's life, her confusions are brought to an all-too-painful head. To whom and to what can she turn when everything around her is in ashes?

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I thought it would be boring, it isn't!

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We had to read this book for school. I initially thought it would be boring. I was so caught up in this story, I didn't know what was going on around me. This story is very emotional and made me cry ... Read full review

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this book has really made an impact on my life if you read this book you will understand it will be a book to remember i love this book i hope this review has helped you .

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About the author (2002)

Mary Jane Auch is the author of numerous books for young readers. Ms. Auch lives in upstate New York.