The City of Ember
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The City of Ember

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Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked - but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all - the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness-But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552552380
  • 9780552552387
  • 26,147

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"A good story for those who like a down-to-earth element in their underground fantasies" Carousel "A gripping read with a powerful sense of place and which leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the sequel" The School Librarian "A fast-paced sci-fi thriller with an exciting and well-constructed plot" Inis "DuPrau ... is a most engaging writer: direct, succinct, delivering lively characters and genuine suspense, sustaining the mystery but generous with her clues" TES "A superb read" Teen Titlesshow more

About Jeanne DuPrau

THE CITY OF EMBER is the debut novel from an exciting new American writer, Jeanne DuPrau. Having been a teacher, an editor and a technical writer, Jeanne DuPrau now writes full-time. She lives in California.show more

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"DuPrau . . . is a most engaging writer: direct, succinct, delivering lively characters and genuine suspense, sustaining the mystery but generous with her clues"show more

Back cover copy

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked...but now the storerooms are almost out of food, corruption is spreading through the cityand worst of all - the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness. But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? 'DuPrau is a most engaging writer: direct, succinct, delivering lively characters and genuine suspense, sustaining the mystery but generous with her clues.' Jan Mark, TESshow more

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198,752 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (72,606)
3 26% (51,646)
2 7% (12,948)
1 2% (3,606)
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