Saturday, May 3, 2008

Another Book

So, I got through another great book. The library reccomended it to me when I told her that I liked historical fiction. It's called Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch.

It's about a girl named Rose who comes to America from Ireland in the early 20th century. When she gets to Ellis Island, her brother does not pass the health inspection and her father and brother are forced to go back while the rest of the family remains in New York with Rose's uncle. Everything seems to be going fine except that Uncle Patrick's family is cruel and unwelcoming to the Nolans. In the end, Rose's mother and youngest sister go back on a ship to Ireland, but Rose is determined to stay in America, so she gets a job at a factory along with her other little sister, Maureen. Rose faces many challenges including getting around Mr. Moscovitz with the help of her friend, Gussie. The end is quite dramatic and a little scary for younger children. But, like Rilla of Ingleside, it's very insightful. I really reccomend this book.

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