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The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
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The People of Sparks

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Series: Books of Ember (2)

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Boring. Nothing happened. A lot of sitting around. ( )
  babydogfish | Jan 29, 2016 |
An ok book, but reminds me of an afterschool special about what happens when revenge and bad feelings take over a communities world. Not sure if I will read the other 3 books in the series..Maybe. ( )
  nraichlin | Jan 26, 2016 |
RGG: Sequel. Again beautifully written about a civilization after Earth's annilation by war. Two societies' conflicts may dissolve into a war…except for our heroes.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 1, 2015 |
A captivating and simple story that can open deep discussions about war, immigration, interpersonal conflicts created by lack of resources, conflict resolution, the emergence of dictatorship, war hysteria, tolerance, and good leadership with elementary-middle grade students. I absolutely loved this, and it'll be required reading for my child (grade 6). ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
I dunno - I guess because it's the middle of a trilogy it didn't quite have the same impact. It was neither world-building nor climactic. Worthy, though, if you're thinking about reading them. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction.

- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength to Love," 1963
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Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came.
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When teenagers Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow lead their people up out of the Earth, fleeing their dying underground city of Ember, everything is new and a little frightening to the refugees--the sun and the moon, birds, trees, fire…and the people of Ember are strange to the 322 citizens of Sparks, one of the few towns on Earth to survive the time of The Disaster. How can they feed and house the 400 Emberites, the leaders of Sparks wonder, when they have just begun to be able to feed themselves comfortably? But if they don’t, these underground people with no survival skills will surely die in the wastelands. They take them in as best they can, but grumbling and bad feeling grows on both sides. Lina returns from a failed search for her persistent vision of a city of light to find the town, egged on by the power-hungry young thug Tick, once again at the point of war, forgetting how the Earth has been destroyed before. But Lina has seen the devastation left by The Disaster, and so she risks a brave move of reconciliation, and when Doon exposes Tick’s trickery, the two sides join as the new people of Sparks.

In this exciting and solidly constructed sequel to The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau moves the story on entrancingly, bringing along her cast of characters from underground and adding new dimensions and relationships as the action escalates to a satisfying conclusion that still allows for further volumes in this fine fantasy. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:42 -0400)

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Having escaped to the Unknown Regions, Lina and the others seek help from the village people of Sparks.

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