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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
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The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

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I loved this book so much in elementary school that I reread it in high school. The thoughts of a girl and realizations of a world beyond their city is just so entertaining to follow. I would recommend this book to any of my students for independent reading. This book and its sequel are appropriate for third through seventh grade.
  Sarah.Lew | Apr 30, 2015 |
I do still remember some of this - and a book that makes an impact must be pretty worthwhile. At least it was original! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
The City of Ember is a science fiction book that describes a town that is falling apart. Soon the town will be out of food and light and no one knows what to do. Luckily a girl and her friend decide to find an escape route from Ember. As the two race against time to save their families the book shows the many risks they will have to take in order to save the city. (full review on sock puppets)
  ejoy13 | Apr 12, 2015 |
Very well-thought out young adult sci-fi. ( )
  Audacity88 | Apr 7, 2015 |
The author is trying Teenage members of a future society live in a mysterious dark city with a murky past. Life is confining and predictable until the light-generating machinery begins to break down. As the city decays they must solve the puzzle of where they are and the way out before the food and light disappear. Much better than the sequels.
Young readers would appreciate this book as it sends them a strong message that life we have planned is not always the life we are destined to. This is conveyed through Lina’s story of how she went from being another member of her society to discovering a new city. People the characters’ age can also relate to the characters’ age having to make decisions that will affect one for the rest of their life and gaining the courage to follow through our plans. It teaches these young people that there are a lot of problems in life that will lead to creating one’s character and entire life structure. Lina went thorough a lot to try to survive in a world collapsing rights in front of her yet gaining all the courage in inside of her she was able to manage through the hardship. It’s a book filled with a valuable moral that other young readers can relate to with their own personal difficult experiences. People the characters’ age can also relate to having to make decisions that will affect one for the rest of their life and gaining the courage to follow through our plans.
  Sluper1 | Mar 2, 2015 |
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While a book like ''Faerie Wars'' diverts young readers from their daily lives, one like ''The City of Ember'' encourages them to tackle the most ambitious tasks. Hard work can save the day, it promises. It's an old-fashioned lesson that is somehow easier to swallow when delivered in a futuristic setting.
 

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When the city of Ember was just built and not yet inhabited, the chief builder and the assistant builder, both of them weary, sat down to speak of the future.
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In the city of Ember, the sky was always dark. The only light came from great floodlamps mounted on the buildings and at the top of poles in the middle of the larger squares.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375822747, Paperback)

It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from floodlamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. Beyond are the pitch-black Unknown Regions, which no one has ever explored because an understanding of fire and electricity has been lost, and with it the idea of a Moveable Light. "Besides," they tell each other, "there is nowhere but here" Among the many other things the people of Ember have forgotten is their past and a direction for their future. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more empty shelves--and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?

Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only people who are worried. They have just been assigned their life jobs--Lina as a messenger, which leads her to knowledge of some unsettling secrets, and Doon as a Pipeworker, repairing the plumbing in the tunnels under the city where a river roars through the darkness. But when Lina finds a very old paper with enigmatic "Instructions for Egress," they use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed. As they set out on their mission, the haunting setting and breathless action of this stunning first novel will have teens clamoring for a sequel. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:07 -0400)

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In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

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