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Petals in the Ashes

Petals in the Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Mary Hooper
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'At the Sign of the Sugared Plum' was one of the surprises of 2003. Mary Hooper tried her hand at something completely new and thrilled everyone with her vivid and utterly convincing picture of London in the grip of the plague. What made this book so good was how she wrapped a piece of history in a sugary sweet parcel... In 'Petals in the Ashes' Hannah returns to London.' The Bookseller, Jan 2004

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I could barely explain how much I wanted to go back to London, for I hardly understood myself. I'd hated the stinking city when we'd left, could hardly bear to think on its name, but now the plague had disappeared from the streets the people would be back, the theatres and shops would be open and we would find everything as cheery as it had been before.

Hannah returns to her beloved London to re-open the sweetmeats shop with younger sister Anne. Londoners are reeling from the plague epidemic of the previous year, but Hannah and Anne are keen to start enjoying everything the bustling city has to offer. But this is 1666, and it has been prophesised that terrible things will happen, and on Pudding Lane, flames are raging through the bakery...

Mary Hooper evokes with complete mastery the sights, sounds and terror of a London gripped by the ferocious and terrible Fire of London, engulfing everything in its path.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (4 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Hooper has been writing books for nearly thirty years. And before that she was writing short stories. Her early books about a pregnant teenager: MEGAN, are still very popular, one teacher calling the three books a "rite of passage".

Over the last five or so years she has been writing nothing but historical fiction, mostly for young adults, although NEWES FROM THE DEAD was actually written for an adult audience. This book has won several awards, including both the Hull and the Stockport Book Awards. The historian and novelist Alison Weir said that NEWES was "Stunning!" There are even plans to turn it into a musical, though if you know the content of the book you'll conclude that it would be a very unusual one.

Mary's book set in a Victorian undertaker's is called FALLEN GRACE and comes out in the UK in June 2010 and in the US a little later. Lucy Mangan, Guardian columnist, called it "Bloody Marvellous!" Her latest book is called VELVET and is about a 19th century medium. THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY is Mary's first Regency novel and will be published in May 2013.

Mary has a fan page on Facebook and her own website.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Teenaged Hannah and her older sister Sarah barely managed to escape London alive during the great plague of 1665. Now a year has passed, and the plague has finally died out. Hannah wants to return to London to reopen their sweets shop, but Sarah wishes to remain at the family home in the countryside. So when Hannah returns to the city, she is accompanied by her younger sister, Anne. However, her life is once again interrupted when fire begins to spread through London. Can Hannah find the strength to survive yet another terrible calamity?
I highly recommend this book to all readers who enjoyed the first book about Hannah, "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum." I also recommend it to new readers who enjoy historical fiction and are interested in this time period. Hannah is a wonderful character, and her struggle for survival is riveting. I hope Mary Hooper writes another book about Hannah's adventures, as I would love to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petals in the Ashes 27 Feb 2006
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I really enjoyed this book, its full of excitement and interesting things that all happen around the time of the Great Fire of London. This book has a little bit of romance, and facts about the Great Fire and the plague. It would appeal to girls around 11 upwards, but other girls would love it too. I would highly recommend this thrilling book. I hope you enjoy it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical fiction. 23 April 2006
This book is classed as 'Young Adult' and I am definately an 'Old Adult'! However, since helping in my daughter's school library I have discovered some excellent teenage historical fiction.

I had read Geraldine Brooks's "Year of Wonders" which is also centred around the plague and I highly recommend this to older teens (it is adult historical fiction).

I thoroughly enjoyed "Petals in the Ashes" which starts in London with the plague in full swing.

Hannah and her sister Sarah are lucky to be able to leave the town sponsored by a wealthy family who ask them to take their baby to safety in Dorchester.

On their arrival they are horrified to find that they have to stay for a month in a squalid, stinking "pesthouse".

Once they are released there follows a limbo period where they are cared for by the baby's aunt, but are not really part of the household.

As soon as the threat from the plague is considered sufficiently reduced, they return to their parents in the countryside.

Money is tight and Hannah is keen to return to London where her sweetheart may still be alive.

Sarah stays to help her mother who is due to deliver in a couple of months, so Anne, the next youngest sister accompanies Hannah, who plans to reopen their sweet shop that has been boarded up since they fled from the plague.

Various adventures ensue, but the Great Fire of London is like nothing they've ever had to deal with before.

Full of fascinating historical content and well written, I'd highly recommend this book to both adults and children.

I'd also like to read the prequel, 'At the Sign of the Sugar Plum".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 23 Feb 2014
By Daisy
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Would recommend this product to anyone who has enjoyed other Mary Hooper novels as it is an excellent sequel to At the Sign of the Sugared Plum. It's set in London at the time of the Great Fire of London and features a young girl called Hannah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sequel 11 Dec 2013
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This is the sequel to the author's gripping story set during the Great Plague. Hannah returns to London after the plague has subsided only to be caught up in the Great Fire. The descriptions of the confusion, mayhem and devastation caused by the fire are told in fairly simple but vivid language, drawing on Pepys and other contemporary sources for anecdotes about individuals' behaviour and phenomena like the attempts by some Londoners to scapegoat their French, Dutch or Catholic neighbours for the inferno. A good follow up novel, though perhaps not quite as taut a piece of writing as its predecessor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Sep 2013
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I loved this book. I recommend you reading the first book in the series "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum" to understand the characters but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book for Mary Hooper brought all senses to life in The Fire of London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't let go 21 Jun 2013
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A few years ago I read the first part of this mini series and found it gripping throughout every page,and 3 years on I typed it in on Amazon only to find that there was a second follow on,and with each turn of the page I was placed in London in 1666 and with the writings creativity I almost felt the heat of the flames th only downside is that this is the final book in the series..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 7 Jun 2013
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As a teenage girl, I don't read a lot. But I couldn't put this book down. After reading "At the sign of the sugared plum" I had to read this book to know what happens.
The first pages are not that interesting but once you get into it. It's like you are there. I highly recommend this book to teenagers and above. It also tell you about the history of London. If only they teach you like that for year 9 course work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for primary pupils
Ordered this hoping to use it in Guided Reading as we cover the Great Fire of London in Year 5 and thought this would help with empathy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nicoletta
5.0 out of 5 stars Loses nothing of what was wonderful in the first book.
Petals in the Ashes continues Hannah's story immediately after At the Sign of the Sugared Plum ended. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lunaslittlelibrary
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as at the sign of the sugared plumb.
If you haven't read the first book 'at the sign of the sugared plumb' I would strongly recommend reading that first as this book starts off immediately where the first one ends so... Read more
Published 17 months ago by tangoblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as original Sugared Plum book
I loved "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum" and I loved the sequel just as much. Both are a must read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Vee
5.0 out of 5 stars Petals in the Ashes
The sequel to "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum" this book picks up where the first book left off. This time set against the backdrop of the Great Fire of London 1666. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roadblock
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sequel
When I read the first book (At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum) I was immediately hooked on Mary Hooper books. And I must say that this book fails to displease. Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Book Worm No 1
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Read
Having been asked to write a review for this book a while back,now I have an account I can finally give this book a mere amount of the justice and praise it deserves. Read more
Published 21 months ago by AmeliaCruickshank
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Again, Amazon have given excellent service, delivered in good time with an amazing story. Sequel to 'At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum' Not a waste of money, at only 4.53! Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by tammie1999
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