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The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3) Hardcover – May 9, 2006
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Grade 4-8–In this prequel to The City of Ember (2003) and The People of Sparks (2004, both Random), 11-year-old Nickie accompanies her aunt to Yonwood, NC, to help get her great-grandfather's house ready to be sold. Months earlier, a woman in the community named Althea Tower had a vision and collapsed, muttering about fire and disaster. The townspeople interpreted it as a premonition of events since war between the U.S. and the Phalanx Nations is eminent. Althea is hailed as a Prophet and an ambitious Mrs. Beeson appoints herself Althea's interpreter. Soon she's urging everyone to give up sinful things like singing. The townspeople believe that by being virtuous they will build a shield of goodness around themselves and not be harmed. In her effort to be a good person, Nickie falls prey to this collective brainwashing and betrays a friend. She has her own secret. She's hiding a dog in the house. When Mrs. Beeson thinks the Prophet has said no dogs and forces everyone to get rid of them, the child is outraged and confronts the Prophet to demand the truth behind her pronouncements. This novel has a great deal of immediacy in light of current world events. It sharply brings home the idea of people blindly following a belief without questioning it. However, it's really more of a stand-alone title. The plot details that tie it and Ember together are only revealed in the last chapter, entitled What Happened Afterward.–Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton
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Gr. 4--7. Set about 50 years before the previous books in the Embers series, this novel focuses on 11-year-old Nickie, who believes her great-grandfather's old mansion in Yonwood, North Carolina, may be a haven from the city wracked with fear of impending war. Unfortunately, the place isn't exactly idyllic. Nickie's experiences in Yonwood further the idea, established in the previous books, about the role of God in human affairs. Why, for example, would God say one thing to the Prophet of Yonwood and another to a prophet halfway around the world?--a provocative question that is certainly apropos to what is happening in the world today. Sally Estes
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About for or five chapters in, some of the themes began to bother me. So I read some reviews on goodreads and found that a LOT of other people felt the same way!
If you have come to this part of the book, I encourage you to keep reading it! The conflicts are resolved and everyone meets with the end they deserve! As usual, Jane Duprau wraps up her story with a nice satisfying ending!
I found myself comparing alot of this book to the recent terrible events in our own country. I liked how the author showed this through the eyes of a child. And the conflicts she went through wanting to be good and follow the woman's advice for the town even when it hurt those around her.
The only thing I was disappointed about was the ending. I've read the other two books of the series and wanted to know more about how the city of Ember came into existence. The author gives us only a glimpse of this in the ending chapter. Still I found this book worth my time. If anything, it shows that war and terrorism affects children too. No matter how much we shield it from them.
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