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The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) Paperback – May 25, 2004
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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"Thanks to full-blooded characters every bit as compelling as the plot, Lina and Doon’s search parallels the universal adolescent quest for answers. An electric debut!"
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"Well-paced, this contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape over rooftops in darkness, a harrowing journey into the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher. The likeable protagonists are not only courageous but also believably flawed by human pride. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment."
Starred Review, Voice of Youth Advocates
"While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description. DuPrau uses the puzzle, suspenseful action, and lots of evil characters to entice readers into the story. They will find the teen characters believable and gutsy. Part mystery, part adventure story."
The Horn Book Magazine
"The device of a hidden letter, complete with missing words, is used with such disarming forthrightness that readers will be eagerly deciphering it right alongside Doon and Lina."
An ALA Notable Children’s Book
A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
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From the Inside Flap
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.
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I'm 10 years old, and I think this is the awesomest book I've ever read. I like how the story goes from when the city was first built until when it is dying. In the beginning, it says the builders left a message for people to open 225 years later. This creates mystery and tension throughout the book. I like how the main character, Lina, cares for her little sister. I also like Mrs. Murdo because she took care of Lina and Poppy when their grandmother died. I like how everyone got involved in figuring out what the message meant that they'd found. I'm definitely going to read all of the books in this series -- right now I'm reading Book #2: The People of Sparks.