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October 8, 2007

Cool Fantasy Books

Filed under: books — Tags: , , — SCPL Teens @ 2:57 am

The City of Ember , by Jeanne DuPrau, is the first in a series called “Books of Ember.” This book tells the weird and suspenseful saga of the Emberites, a futuristic community living in total darkness, with only a failing old generator to power their lights. The People of Sparks tells what happens after the people of the City of Ember find the way out of their dark world. The Prophet of Yonwood comes out soon. We’ll be ordering that one for our collection (and your reading pleasure!)
If you liked The Giver, by Lois Lowry, but would rather skip the urge to cry, you might like the Ember books. There is also a map of Ember at the beginning which is cool.

If you have read any of these, leave a comment telling what you thought! 🙂

The movie version of The City of Ember is due to come out in October 2008. (Hurry up!)

The dark city of Ember is a decaying place with no natural light surrounded by the vast Unknown. Although ancestors had arranged for information on leaving Ember to be made available after the inhabitants have spent 200 years there, a corrupt mayor lost the information many years before the novel begins. Two hundred and forty-one years later, Ember’s electrical lighting frequently fails, supplies are dwindling, and the populace is growing increasingly frightened. Twelve-year-old Doon and his acquaintance Lina are intent on finding a way to save Ember. After Lina finds a mysterious and fragmented paper titled “Instructions for Egress,” they think they have a way out. Can they escape from the villainous mayor and his soldiers? Can they figure out the missing letters and words in the message? Do they find their way out of Ember and up to a post-apocalyptic Earth? —from School Library Journal

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