Jeanne DuPrau | Author of The Books of Ember

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Awards for The City of Ember

  • American Library Association Notable Book
  • Kirkus 2003 Editor’s Choice
  • Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start
  • Several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List (Children’s Paperback Fiction)

... and many more!

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The City of Ember

Lights shine in the city of Ember—but at the city limits the light ends, and darkness takes over. Out there in the Unknown Regions, the darkness goes on forever in all directions. Ember—so its people believe—is the only light in the dark world.

And now the lights are going out.

The City of Ember has been made into a major motion picture! Click here to see the trailer.

Is there a way to save the people of Ember? No one knows. But Lina Mayfleet has found a puzzling document, and Doon Harrow has made discoveries down in the Pipeworks. With these clues, they start their search.

...Contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape over rooftops in darkness, a harrowing journey in the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher... The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment. — Kirkus (starred review)

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The People of Sparks

The people of Ember have come to a new world, arriving with hardly more than the clothes on their backs. But the people in the village of Sparks are willing to help them—at least at first.

This new world is strange to the Emberites. Why is it so empty? Why is there no electricity? What is the Disaster the people of Sparks talk of? Gradually the Emberites learn the answers to these questions. But the biggest question of all remains: Can they live with these people? Or are they heading for disaster again?

This is a tighter tale than its predecessor, and the themes explored will provide much fuel for discussion. Readers willing to venture into the adventurous terrain of a world grown from ruin should start their journey here. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

...its immediacy and drive make it a good choice for even reluctant readers. — School Library Journal (starred review)

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The Prophet of Yonwood

It’s 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town’s respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly...

As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman’s mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town—her great-grandfather’s peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes—all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?

In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.

...scary and action-filled — Horn Book

...a provocative read with an appealingly conflicted protagonist. — Kirkus Reviews

...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. — School Library Journal

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The Diamond of Darkhold

It's been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Life above ground is hard. The winter storms have been fierce. Supplies are running low. Accidents and disease have taken a toll.

It's during this dark time that Doon finds an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device, a piece of technology from before the Disaster. Doon is sure that the Builders of Ember meant for the citizens to find this device when they left the city. Together, he and Lina must go back to their old home and retrieve what was lost.

The conclusion is everything a series closer should be, satisfying but provocative. —Horn Book Magazine

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Car Trouble

Duff Pringle is heading across the country, aiming for his new job in California. But his used Ford Escort barely makes it a hundred miles from home before breaking down. What's he supposed to do? Using his laptop and some quick thinking, he pieces together a way to continue his trip. What he doesn't plan on are the people he meets along the road. There's Stu, a hitchhiker with a secret; Bonnie, an aspiring singer with a con artist for a mother; two thugs looking for a trunkful of cash; and Moony, the terrier prone to carsickness.

Car Trouble is now also available as an ebook. You can find it here.

...A pleasingly zany caper peopled by amiably over-the-top characters... As always, it isn't the destination, it's the getting there that's all the fun. — Kirkus Reviews

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