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Ashes, ashes, Jo Treggiari

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Ashes, ashes
Title
Ashes, ashes
Statement of responsibility
Jo Treggiari
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague
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Review
  • Grades 7-10 Fifteen-year-old Lucy, orphaned by the plague, lives alone in a bramble-protected, rough camp in postapocalyptic Manhattan until she is rescued from a wild dog attack by Aidan, who reminds her what it is like to be around people. After a tsunami obliterates her camp, Lucy finds Aidan and his group of survivors just in time for hazmat-suited Sweepers to abduct several members of the group. The Sweepers eventually get Lucy and Aidan, and it appears that Lucy’s blood may be the start of an antidote for the plague—whether she is alive to give it or not. Strongly reminiscent of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet (1987) and Will Weaver’s Memory Boy (2001) but with a female protagonist and urban setting, the focus here is on action rather than introspection. Treggiari’s writing is smooth and even vivid at times—the turtle-soup-preparation scene may make some folks a little queasy—but it isn’t gratuitous. Meshed well into the main narrative are well-incorporated subplots about the acceptance of difference (of folks who were ravaged by the plague), romance, and loyalty. -- Welch, Cindy (Reviewed 09-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 1)
  • Gr 9 Up — Treggiari's novel is undone by a far-fetched, overcrowded premise. Global warming has left most of New York City under water, and the remaining bits of dry land are mostly uninhabited thanks to a worldwide plague. Sixteen-year-old Lucy is carrying on as best she can on her own, but when a tsunami threatens her shelter, she must seek out fellow survivors. As if erratic weather patterns, plagues, and melting ice caps are not enough, the small settlement Lucy joins is threatened constantly by Sweepers (the requisite bad guys in uniform). The sympathetically drawn characters are the book's greatest strength; Lucy, in particular, is a protagonist to whom teens will relate as she struggles through the chaos of her life. The author writes with an immediacy that envelops readers, bringing to mind the work of Suzanne Collins and Carrie Ryan. But where their titles are deftly plotted page-turners, Ashes, Ashes is actually a bit of a yawner. Long, drawn-out descriptions of survival techniques may appeal to some teens, but many won't make it past the first chapter.—Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH --Sam Bloom (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 8, p123)
  • In this lovingly detailed adventure, Treggiari (The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton) hits a postapocalyptic trifecta: environmental disasters, plague, and amoral scientists. After five years of floods, weather gone mad, and a mutated smallpox epidemic, the vast majority of humanity has been wiped out, leaving tiny bands of survivors to roam the devastated remnants of civilization. With everyone she knew dead, 16-year-old Lucy has been living in what's left of New York City's Central Park, foraging off the land. After a tsunami wipes out her camp, she seeks refuge with the handsome Aidan and his ragtag group of scavengers, who are routinely plagued by ruthless Sweepers, who kidnap the healthy for experimentation. No sooner has Lucy started to settle in with her new friends then the Sweepers strike again. The tense plot, cinematic moments, and highly capable protagonists make this a fast, gripping read. And although it's long on descriptive passages regarding the nuts and bolts of existing in this nightmarish world, and short on resolution, this thriller reads like a love letter to wilderness survival guides and disaster movies. Ages 12–up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 4, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 14, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10001080
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Treggiari, Jo
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
LC call number
PZ7.T717
LC item number
Ash 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Survival
  • Epidemics
  • Environmental disasters
  • Dogs
  • Science fiction
  • Survival
  • Epidemics
  • Environmental disasters
  • Dogs
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Ashes, ashes, Jo Treggiari
Instantiates
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
818044
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9780545255639
Lccn
2010032398
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780545255639
Label
Ashes, ashes, Jo Treggiari
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
818044
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9780545255639
Lccn
2010032398
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780545255639

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