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After the Ashes

Sara K. Joiner


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In 1883, on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies, thirteen-year-old Katrien Courtland is determined to prove Darwin's theory of natural selection. Unfortunately, nothing causes her Aunt Greet more angst than Katrien crawling around the muddy jungle collecting bugs in the name of science -- and in the company of a native boy, no less! If only Katrien would take an interest in running a household and making friends with other girls. But Katrien has no interest in changing, especially if it means socializing with the likes of mean Brigitta Burkhart. Then, one stifling afternoon, Katrien's world turns upside-down when the nearby volcano Krakatau erupts with a terrifying blast. For days, a deathly ash rains down on the Javan coast. Amidst the chaos, Katrien knows her only hope of survival is to flee the jungle with the one person she vowed she'd never befriend.

Praise For After the Ashes

"this heart-rending story of love and loss, family ties, and friendship will keep readers hooked till the end."—Kirkus Reviews
"a breakneck, and often heartbreaking, coming-of-age survival story."—Publishers Weekly
"An absorbing adventure story with a vividly drawn setting."—Booklist
"the girls make their way through realistically portrayed scenes of human loss, come to terms with their youthful misjudgments, and realize that their survival depends on mutual trust and collaboration."—School Library Journal

Holiday House, 9780823434411, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2015

About the Author

Sara K. Joiner is the children's coordinator at the Brazoria County Library System in Texas.