From School Library Journal
Grade 4–7—Jeanne DuPrau's fourth Book of Ember
(Random, 2008) begins shortly after the second book in the series, The People of Sparks
(Random House, 2004; Listening Library, 2004). Times are hard and resources are scarce in the aboveground town of Sparks, so when a roamer arrives with a book that implies there was something important left for the people of Ember, Doon sees it as opportunity. Lina's desire for adventure wins out over her practical side, and she joins Doon on a return trip to the abandoned city of Ember. They return to their dark city to find that it isn't as dark or as empty as they thought. Fans of the first book, The City of Ember
(Random, 2003), will enjoy this tale in which Lina and Doon must once again solve a mystery by using their ingenuity and survival skills and laying the groundwork to unite the various towns and villages across the land. Katherine Kellgren skillfully narrates this satisfying tale, giving distinctive voices to all the colorful characters. Fans of the previous titles will be rewarded with action, adventure, and a positive conclusion to the series.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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"An electric debut. Lina and Doon’ search parallels the universal adolescent quest for answers.”—Publishers Weekly,
StarredFrom the Hardcover edition.