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A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she ...

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Overview


A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

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Praise for ASHES, ASHES
"The tense plot, cinematic moments, and highly capable protagonists make this a fast, gripping read." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Lucy . . . is a protagonist to whom teens will relate as she struggles through the chaos of her life." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Publishers Weekly
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)
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The end of the world happened and Lucy survived. Somehow, when disease and natural disasters hit New York City in waves—she survived. Survival, however, has its downside. Now that the world she knew is gone and with it the people she loved, Lucy is on her own. She survives primordially in a cave, hunting and gathering what she can. She does not know, nor does she care, how many other people are out there as she ticks off the days in solitude. Then comes Aidan. He appears out of nowhere, he is semi-clean, he has eaten real food, and he offers her a chance to join him in his camp. Lucy refuses, but circumstances quickly change and she finds herself seeking him out and joining his small community of survivors. They are not completely safe, however, as the Sweepers from the city find them, even in their hideout. No one the Sweepers takes ever returns and no one is sure who or what they are searching for, but Lucy has a feeling that it is her. In this thrilling sci-fi reality created by Jo Treggiari, many current nightmares are brought to fruition as the current world trends toward end-of- the world predictions. The return of the plague via bird infection, government secrecy over the devastating realities, and the ever impending melting of the ice caps all play out in this page turner. Readers will love rooting for Lucy as she struggles to save herself, protect her new friends, and find romance: after the world ends. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
Library Journal
Global warming finally has melted the polar ice caps, causing society to collapse as floods, droughts, and smallpox epidemics kill nearly everyone. Lucy is an anomaly, surviving the disasters that took her family, friends, and neighbors. At 16, she's already subsisted on her own for three years. But now a pack of wild dogs is closing in, until Aidan, a mysterious young boy, rescues Lucy and asks her to join his band of survivors. Danger remains as scary survivors known as the Sweepers descend on the camp, also trying to capture Lucy. This is an entertaining, if a bit predictable, young adult story that contrasts the strength of individual courage with the value of working in a group, all against the backdrop of this apocalypse. Cassandra Campbell provides capable narration. Recommended primarily for YA audiences.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO
School Library Journal
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545255646
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 286,394
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Her first attempts at writing were when she started revising classic fairy tales at age eight. Jo spent several years in San Francisco, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for punk magazines, and owned her own record label. She now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still enjoys shadowboxing when she isn't working at her local bookstore.
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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    BookWhisperer Review: Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

    Ashes, Ashes is a terrifyingly realistic view at the world's end. BookWhisperer is not known for books such as this one; after several struggles this is usually a book that I would have avoided. Much to my surprise Ashes, Ashes will be the first of this type of book on my favorites list. Lucy is the strong and courageous sixteen year old that will follow throughout this novel. Being the soul survivor of her entire family she has set out to living in the wild alone. It is remarkable to follow this young girl as she struggles to survive in a world where the population has been wiped out down to a mere third. After the natural disasters that reeked havoc over the entire world the survivors then battled the plague that swarmed the remaining population. This was a terrifying look at the apocalypse that would leave every reader pondering their future. The romantic twist for Lucy and Aidan was a sweet hopeful addition that give readers moments of happiness to grasp through this story. This simple addition gives readers future hope the story that they will follow, and possibility for a dramatic happily ever after. As far as I can tell this is only this authors second novel, but I am utterly impressed by her ability to present such an intriguing story. If this is a glimpse at the works possible from this author I look for many more great books.

    27 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Live To Read

    This book is a very intriguing read. The main character, Lucy, has survived a virus that killed off 99% of the Earth's population-including her family. Lucy is a very industrious girl; she lives on her own and survives by herself. The action begins right away in this novel; the reader will not be bored. Lucy meets Aidan after he helps her evade a pack of wild dogs. She joins him and the other survivors; the reader will enjoy meeting the various different personalities.
    Of course, there is always the danger aspect. Lucy is not entirely safe; there are "sweepers" on the loose. Sweepers work for the government to round up survivors like Lucy to study them and attempt to discover why they survived the virus. It is not long before Lucy catches on that she is an integral part in discovering a cure.
    The book is not written entirely in the present tense, there are flashbacks to the past. The reader will experience, alongside Lucy, how life was before the virus. Lucy and her family were happy and "normal."
    There are a few different qualities to this story: action, romance, mystery, drama, etc... Lucy is a strong female character; readers will appreciate this since strong females leads are not common in survivalist novels. Lucy and Aidan have a bit of a budding romance; however, this is not the forefront of the story.
    The author allows the reader into this post-apocalyptic world; the environment is tangible to the reader. There is a lack of dialogue in the beginning of the novel as Lucy is alone for the first portion, but there is dialogue throughout the rest of the novel. The story is very fast-paced and new developments occur to hold the reader's interest. This novel is highly recommended for young adult/teen readers, specifically those who enjoy science fiction and action-filled novels.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Not Divergent or Insurgent

    This book was "o.k.". It was not what I was looking for after reading the Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent & Insurgent, & Legend (great). I rarely want to leave a book unfinished; however, this was one of those books. I'm sure the Author has better to offer the reader. Read Legend or Divergent if you're looking for some "end of the world" action.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ashes, Ashes is a novel about a girl trying to survive a post apocalyptic world. As she attempts to survive in a futureistic and devestated Central Park in the flooded, collapsed wasteland of what once was the mega-city of New York, she meets someone like her, just trying to survive, Aiden. I thought it was a great book although i did think the villain was a complete psycopath...even if she was trying to find a cure for the disese.highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Ashes ashes

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! Its a great book! My teacher read this as a read aloud and when she would stop reading we would all be like " keep on reading! " you should get this book. If you are interested in the world ending and what the world may by like if it ended, get it!!!This book is not just about the world ending its also about romance and Girls out thre who are reading this review this book, it also involves a bit drama between a girl named Lucy and a girl named Del. Get this book its really worth buying it. You'll instantly fall in love with the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    good plot, great story but the book came to an abrupt end and it

    good plot, great story but the book came to an abrupt end and it took away from the awesome adventure I was on as an egar reader. GREAT READ though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Best book in the universe

    Love this book soooo much this is a must buy!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

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    Gave Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari a 2.0 Ugh. Okay first of all

    Gave Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari a 2.0

    Ugh. Okay first of all i didn't read the other reviews. This book has a good topic and summary but........
    This book sucked!.

    As I read the beginning i thought to myself " oh okay very well detailed , okay " . Kept reading and asked myself " okay so where is this going?" . Kept reading and was like " okay , i really don't know where this is going " . ... Kept reading " What is wrong with this girl?" Even though it wasn't from Lucy's point of view she was really annoying me ! . Kept reading but lost interest.

    Lucy to me lacked emotion ! . Her whole family died and she acted like they kinda never existed ! . From time to time you would get a flash of her thinking of her mother or father but that's it ! . I really don't understand why Treggiari made her that why. But i didn't like it .

    Then we meet Aiden , Right? ,so he was cute okay ? but then he was really shady about the whole Lucy or Del thing! . It was really frustrating ! . If the author was trying out a love triangle with this book ..... Then blah cause i don't like love triangles. Don't know why i read Twilight! .

    Anyway yeah am sorry if your don't like my review but i'm being completely honest. Awesome concept. Awesome topic. Awesome cover . Horrible over all story .

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Amazing!

    This book was just absolutely amazing! I loved it so much! It will be worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Help!!!!!

    I really dont want 2 waste my money so please answer honestly. If a huge hunger games fan was reading this would they like it? Is it kind of like the hunger games? Answer 2 basketball101

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    AMAZING!!

    This book is really great, i couldnt stop reading! It was a real page turner. It had a really interesting plot. If you like advenvure and suspense, you really should consider this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Dont buy it

    Honestly I was expecting much much more out of this book the way most people described it, but it was the exact opposite. At first the story was interesting and good paced but after the first few chapters it started to slow down and it became much more dull. I wish I could say I liked it I really do wish that, but I just didn't. I wouldn't waste my time on this book if I were you, so just don't buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    fair

    It was an okay story. It started good, got wierd, but had an exciting, yet confusing finish, but the final chapter SUCKED was unnecessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Well written and interesting. It could well be made into a series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

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    I lov thiz book #yoloswag.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

                    This is a great book for someone who likes plot

                    This is a great book for someone who likes plot twists, that however sometimes don’t actually benefit the story. It follows a girl named Lucy living in a post apoctoliptic (dystopian ) world.  In her soceity the plague took over and wiped out almost all of the population. There is no government to control anyone but there are sweepers who take the survivours for experimentation, scavengers that simply take whatever they can find , and S`ans who are people who have been infected by the plauge but miraculously survived. It starts with Lucy living in the woods alone just trying to survive the day. When she meets Aiden things change A LOT. I don’t want to give it away but just don’t expect to end the same story you started because nothing stays the same.
                        I started reading this book thinking it would be like The Hunger Games trilogy or The Percy Jackson series. It`s just not like that. I`m pretty sure that if this book wasn’t required for school I wouldn’t end up finishing it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it though because it is different from other books I have read. The actual writing is very detailed and descriptive but the plot line just didn’t seem right. I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it still was very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Ashes Ashes was an extremely exciting book. At somethimes I fel

    Ashes Ashes was an extremely exciting book. At somethimes I felt it difficult to put down. The novel was the first of many dystoian books i will engage myself in. The descriptive language and imagery made me picture the setting as dark and dreary. Lucy was an independent girl who knew exactly what she was doing. When the plague hits, shes the only one in her entire family to survive. After she is forced out of her cave by a tsunami, a certain character pops into the story. When Aiden arrived in the story, it flipped everything around in an amazing way. Aiden and Lucy's romance adds a fantastic twist to the plot. Jo does a magnificant job in making this one of my favorite books I have ever read. In conclusion, Ashes, Ashes by Jo Trggiari is an exciting and riveting novel and I can not wait for her to publish more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Poppybreeze

    Silver and white she cat with ocean blue eyes. Mate is Whitefur a big white tom who hasnt been on latly.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Nightdove

    She is a black cat with white paws and blue eyes. She is funny caring and kind. She has a mate named darkeye but has not seen him around and is getting worried. She has a kit named blackkit. Any thing else plzz ask her.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Brightclaw

    He repells scourge. ( res two)Unstead of scourges black and messy fur he has nice groomed white fur ( it happens) has clean white claws. Is normal sized and cannot match in skill in skill with scourge. He and scourge are like brother. They were born together with pepperclaw ( 3rd res) who is part of fireclan. And pepperclaw is always helping brightclaw they make a vauleable team and togeather can just barley defeat scourge

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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