A modern-day classic. This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike. A modern-day classic. This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike for. At the end of The City of Ember, DuPrau’s spellbinding debut, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, having made it safely out of their underground.

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But eventually – mostly thanks to Our Hero and Heroine – the difficulties are solved. Why wouldn’t the people of Sparks just look on the Emberites as newly added, contributing members of their society? Soon, however, the wear and tear of taking care of people who don’t know how to jeannw care of themselves makes charity difficult, and the people of Sparks begin to resent their new arrivals.

I can’t believe that it took a couple of Emberites to embrace the idea of organizing the volumes and that it never occured to the people of Sparks to utilize this massive resource. The first book was an okay read.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. A sequel that holds true to its original characters, but puts them in a totally different situation and set of adventures. To realize that she needed to stop dreaming of a better place for her people and embrace what she had in the present? Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels?

Kid, 12 years old January 31, There is a strongly felt anti war message throughout this thoughtful examination of the path to war. Caspar seemed to me like a bad cartoon villain, twisting his mostache and laughing in a weird way.

I liked how City of Ember had electricity–and the post-Disaster village of Sparks had plenty of comforts and innovations that Emberites had never seen, but no electricity. And it would be a good conversation starter about disputes between groups of people, how they can escalate, how to dispell them, as well as appreciating generosity of others without feelings of entitlement.


Ben, who voted to order them to leave, brings the “Terrible Weapon”, which is a machine gun built before the “Disaster”, from the town hall basement. Double the people doesn’t just mean half as much food for everyone, in the long run it means double the workers to keep the town running.

At the end of the book, Doon manages to construct a simple electric circuitbased on a science book found in an old heap of books. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. From those 31 pages I can already see that it has similarly immature language and that there’s going to be a number of lessons to be learned while reading this book.

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So much of relevance to discuss in perspective of this series of books. There, they find a village named Sparks, and ask for help. Open Preview See a Problem? There were a lot to jaenne forward to.

And, as the author makes very clear, love takes a lot more strength and bravery than anger.

A small riot, a mob confrontation, some fighting, firing of an ancient weapon that injures the user and ignites a fire. Is it any good?

The People of Sparks

She lives in California, where it’s easy to grow everything from apples to zinnias. The Red Fox Clan. Things they haven’t known, such as the sun, trees, stars, the changing seasons Adults can still enjoy it with its fluid writing and its deeper themes.

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. When I finished the last chapter I was so glad I’d read the book. Jeanne DuPrau doesn’t have children, but she has two nephews, a niece, and a dog. That life lesson is pretty basic but I feel that t is relevant in many different parts of the book.


This book did a really good job of capturing the tensions involved in a refugee situation, especially one where there aren’t enough resources to go around — a better jeanje, I think, than most adult books on the topic.

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Please try again later. I am impressed by DuPrau, and can’t wait to see where the story takes us! Still the book fo some narrative drive, Ms. At this point, Lina decides to help sparkw people of Sparks fight the fire. The people of Ember have left Ember, their underground home, and are now trying to fit in with the people of Sparks, the nearest town to the location of Ember. Sparks’ leaders vote to stop having Emberites in homes for meals, as was the policy before, and instead have them pick up food to eat elsewhere.

Please tell me that if there really was a war that killed most of humanity, stupid people would not be left in charge The tensions were clearly presented, and the emotions pfople well shaded and realistic.

When the people of Ember try to decide what to do, Tick organizes a group of people to fight back if the people of Sparks try to make them leave by force or continue to deprive them of adequate food.

Jeanne and Ethan get along well, though their interests are different. DuPrau pekple on a sprawling world on the surface of the planet, and once again skillfully and confidently develops the idea of scarcity and how human beings react to a depletion of resources. The second book showed the pdople of the Emberites to learn, adapt, and live in the new world they are now in.