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Ashes of Roses

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,213 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan and her family are grateful to have finally reached America, the great land of opportunity. Their happiness is shattered when part of their family is forced to return
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published February 10th 2004 by Laurel Leaf (first published May 1st 2002)
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Ginny Messina
16-year-old Rose Nolan has one good dress in a color called “ashes of roses,” but the title of this book refers to the fact that "Rose' was the most common name among the girls who died in the Triangle Waist Company fire.

Rose is newly arrived in America and making her own way on New York’s lower east side in 1911. It’s a good story, well-written and entertaining. I especially liked that the author gives us a glimpse of life among immigrants who have managed to achieve a somewhat higher standard
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Kerrie
This is the kind of YA that I want to read! Straight historical fiction. No love story/triangles.

It's February 1911 and the Nolans are one of many Irish families arriving at Ellis Island to become Americans. Obstacles immediately appear and the Nolan women find themselves alone in a strange country without the male breadwinner. Uncle Patrick, who has already been in America for years and has worked his way up in politics, is surprised by their arrival, and the German wife is not too keen on havi
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Erin
This is probably one of the few times I will ever say this: this book was too short. I could have used maybe another hundred pages. This book isn't normally the kind of story I would read, but for some reason (cover, maybe? I'm not sure) I picked it up and began reading it. It begins with an Irish family making the crossing into America. The author's descriptions of their arrival on Ellis Island really made me feel as though I was there. But after this, events happen at a rapid pace and are neve ...more
Andrew Scalice
Ashes of Roses was about a girl who was one of the many people that made the long journey to wonderous land of America. Through the harsh living conditions of the boat, she is very relieved when they arrive at Ellis Island. There hard times getting to the island are made even moredifficult when Rose's baby brother is deemed unworthy to enter the United States of America. Him and his father are sent back to Ireland. So after the sad goodbye, Rose began her first steps in America. She moved in wit ...more
Rebecca Radnor
An immigrant story that highlights all the hardships of coming to America, that culminates in the notorious Triangle shirtwaist factory fire.

It's well written and would be a useful teaching tool for the time period and learning about the immigrant experience as well the rise of unions.

The central character is a 16 year old Irish catholic girl, Rose, who immigrates to America with her family. From their very arrival there are problems, her baby brother doesn't pass the Ellis Island medical (eye)
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Mary
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Ashley Houck
I recently read Ashes of Roses. It was exciting and interesting! Ashes of Roses, which was written by Mary Jane Auch, takes place on a ship that left Ireland where Maragret Rose Nolan and her family travel to America to start their new life. Maragret and her family all have to pass an inspection in order to get into America. If they don't pass then they are sent back. Everyone except Joeseph, Maragret's younger brother, passes the inspection. Joseph can't cross the ocean by himself so his Father ...more
Abdiel Cabral
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Debbie Hoffman
I realy enjoyed this book. It is more about the immigrant experience in NYC than the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, but a very good read about the immigrant experience. The characters are well formed and keep you reading and wanting to know what happens to Rose, Maureen and Gussela.

I want to read more about the Irish experience of traveling to America, Ellis Island and early 1900s NYC after reading this book, along with more about the fire at the factory. i am going to read "Uprsing"
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Ellis
first I will state that I had too read this book for school. next I will state I am a guy and into science fiction/ high fantasy. third, I write myself so I have a respect for most literature, and the time that it takes to create it. so it will not come as a surprise when I say I dislike this book. it will come as a surprise when this book should burn in hell and never should have been written. I understand, that there our people behind these books, who usually work part time jobs, and spend cou ...more
Kim
I would have liked to give this 3 1/2 stars, but unfortunately that is not possible on this site.

The story moved quickly and was interesting. I just wish there had been more about the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and it's aftermath. If so, I would have given it even more stars. The cover of the book shows an old photograph of the factory, which, along with the title, led me to believe the story of the fire would be a greater part of the story. However, the main character, Rose
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Ozge
I thought this book was kind of boring. Most parts were a little depressing... it's about a girl (Rose) and her family imigrating to America from Ireland. when part of her family gets sent back Rose and her remaining family decide to go stay with Rose's uncle. Rose is desperate to get money for her family so she sets off to find a job. She meets a girl (Gussie) who helps her get a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, but then tragedy strikes (fire)...
Shyanne
Love, love, LOVE this book. It started off as a humanities assignment, then BAM! I liked it, a lot. I love this story so much. It's so sad though. I just feel so bad for what happens. It's very very depressing.
Nia
Beautiful book!! So sad!!!
Rachel
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Synopsis: Margret Rose is the narrator in this book. She and her family immigrate from Ireland in early 1911. At Ellis Island it is determined that her baby brother Joseph is too sick to pass through Ellis Island, her father decides to go back to Ireland with him. Margret, her mother, and her sisters Maureen and Bridgette stay in New York. For a time they stay with the father's brother, but his wife and daughter don't like having Margret Rose's family staying and ask them to leave.
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Amy
Rose Nolan is thrilled to be starting a new life in America. Though she'll miss Ireland, she can't wait to see what opportunities await her and her family in New York City. Her hopes for a bright future are shattered, though, when half her family - including both her parents - are forced to return to Ireland because of her baby brother's illness. Rose and her sister, Maureen, are left to fend for themselves. After a traumatic experience in a corrupt man's sweatshop, the sisters find work at the ...more
Julie
Mar 28, 2014 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYBODY!
Recommended to Julie by: Ms. Mainhart
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I read this book for a school assignment. At first I thought that the book would be a quick read and nothing but that, like most of the other books that my school assigns to read. However, as I started to read it, I got absorbed into the story and found myself staying up until midnight reading. This is the story of an irish immigrant, named Rose who travels to America in search of a new life, away from Ireland where the only life that she would have was getting married at sixteen and nothing mor ...more
Lina Giglio
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Gurleen
When Margaret Rose Nolan dreams to come to the so called "land of oppurtunity", of which the "streets are paved with gold", she finds her self in more trouble than she can with hold. Rose, as she calls herself in America, leaves her father and younger brother to go back to Ireland, because of his trachoma. Her mother, and two sisters, accompany her to her relative's home, to which they humbly invite themselves, and are generously taken in by, by their uncle atleast. Their aunt and cousins are ju ...more
Melissa Despot
This book was indeed one of my favorite books ever. If I say that I liked this book, then that means anyone who reads this book should like it too because I am not a big fan of books, but this book exceeded my expectations. I first heard about this book when my teacher said we had to read it in class. At first I thought, great, another book to read. The book didn’t look that interesting to me. But when we read the first chapter, I was astonished! I realized that I can't "judge a book by its cove ...more
Mara
A well-written immigration story which also encompasses one of the saddest tragedies in history, Ashes of Roses was not at all disappointing when it comes to an engaging read. The Author so thoroughly captured the terror and confusion and devastation - and the horrible loss - that the Shirwaist Factory fire caused. It's an intense moment in the book, which is entirely fitting, since it is the climax. The Reader goes into the book anticipating this particular moment, and the Author pulled it off ...more
Kellyn
Like many families in Ireland, the Nolans risked the terrible voyage to the United States in hopes of a better life. However, when the family arrives, the youngest child, Joseph, is not allowed to remain. Michael Nolan insists that his wife, Margaret, and their three daughters, Rose, Maureen and Bridget, go to his brother’s house and stay there until he can return.

With great effort Margaret and the girls find Uncle Patrick’s house and receive a mixed welcome. After a few weeks, Margaret decides
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Cheryl A
As an adult who reads a fair amount of YA fiction, I found this title to be a bit run of the mill. Having said that, a younger reader would probably find it very interesting.

The story opens with 16 year old Margaret Rose Nolan sailing into New York Harbor with her family - her two younger sisters, baby brother, father and mother. When the baby brother is turned away at Ellis Island, Da accompanies him back to Ireland and the ladies go forth to find their uncle Patrick. Uncle Patrick didn't know
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This book “Ashes or Roses” was written by Mary Jane Auch. This book is one of the better books I’ve read and I thought it was good but in some parts of the story it was just a bit boring for my taste. The book starts by with a family on their way over to America from Ireland trying to find work and go through many hardships. The reasons why this book is good is because it has a back ground it is a real true story and it gets exiting. Some of the parts l
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Diane
Just finished this wonderful book. A mixture of history and fiction. The author gives us a look at live for people coming over to American and their struggles to adjust to the new life.

The story is told through the eyes of young Rose whose really name is Margaret Rose Nolan who has come to America from Ireland.

They have come looking for a better life, but is short lived when part of the family goes back. The youngest is not allowed to enter American because of a eye disease. Rose an her sister
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Pamela
Ashes of Roses / by Mary Jane Auch (2002) -- 16-year-old Rose Nolan and her family are grateful to have finally reached America, the land of opportunity. But their happiness is shattered when part of their family is forced to return to Ireland. Rose wants to succeed and stays in New York with her younger sister Maureen. The sisters struggle to survive and barely do so by working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Then, just as Rose is forming friendships and settling in, a devastating fire forc ...more
Bethany Magnolia
The events of the book took place a really long time ago. It has some history/background information of the 1900's and the families in this book has a hard battle of trying to live. The main character, Rose, is from Ireland and her family arrives in Ellis Island, New York. Ashes of Roses may be emotional but you will just want to read more.

What is great about this book is that the illustration cover has to do something with the book, and you will find out later in the story. This book was adven
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Thi
The setting is what drawn me to this book but the characters...not so much. The protagonist is okay. She's not very likable. I found myself liking a side character instead. And the reason I didn't like her is because she only became strong and worth rooting for at the end of the story. However, I did enjoy the story but it's not what I initially expected and I felt like I needed something more out of it. Because it seems like the author is touching on only the main points to connect the story to ...more
Dana
I loved this book. I wasn't able to put it down. Back in the early 1900s many people were coming to America. They all heard that America has streets paved with gold, and many people wanted to go. This story is filled with Rose's early life in America. It starts out as nothing but trouble. Her father and brother are sent home because her brother has an eye disease. Then they have to stay with their Uncle Patrick and his family. Uncle Patrick is very welcoming to them, but his wife and daughters ...more
Ev
This book is amazing. It's interesting to learn about the whole immigration system way beck when. I was skeptical at first but I got sucked in after the first chapter! Rose and her little sister have to live on their own in New York City. They are originally from Ireland. They are doing just fine by themselves for a while until a tragic event occurs that is so stirring and I have to admit I cried! It's such an amazing book! Don't judge a book by its cover!!!
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