The People of Sparks

The People of Sparks

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When the people of the underground city of Ember follow Lina and Doon to the surface, little prepares them for what they will encounter. Leaving behind the darkness that has been their home for generations, they discover a world of colour, warmth and light. The people of the small village of Sparks seem willing to help them . . . at first . . . but life on the surface has it's dark side too. Before long the villagers of Sparks become more reluctant to share their precious resources with the strange, new underground people. Lina and Doon watch in horror as the differences between the two groups grow into resentment, anger and hate. Somehow they must help overcome the distrust and bring the people of Ember and Sparks together.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 240.41g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552552399
  • 9780552552394
  • 146,439

About Jeanne DuPrau

Jeanne DuPrau has been a teacher, an editor and a technical writer. The People of Sparks is her second novel and the sequel to The City of Ember. She lives in California, where she keeps a big garden and a small dog.show more

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"Jeanne DuPrau has written one of the most important fables of our time, addressing both our fear of annihilation and of immigration, and she has done it with captivating grace and style . . . The People of Sparks is full of suspense and asks good questions about what we owe each other in a community" -- Amanda Craig * The Times * "The anti-war message of The People of Sparks is more valid now than ever before" * Achuka * "The second in the trilogy but deserves to be read in its own right . . . It has a powerful message for now. Jeanne DuPrau has embedded a topical issue into a completely credible future" -- Mary Hoffman * TES * "This is a gripping thriller with a biting message - violence has consequences. Well worth reading" -- Fiona Lowe * The School Librarian * "Interesting and often provocative" -- Clodagh Corcoran * Inis *show more

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"The anti-war message of The People of Sparks is more valid now than ever before"show more

Back cover copy

Sequel to THE CITY OF EMBER 'We came down the river from the Pipeworks and found the way to another place. It is green here and very big. Light comes from the sky.' Lina and Doon have led the people of Ember out of the darkness of their underground city into a bright new world full of colour and life. They are accepted by the people of Sparks, one of the small, scattered communities living in the post-Disaster world. But life on the surface has a dark side too. As time passes, the villagers of Sparks become more reluctant to share their precious resources with the pale strangers. Before long the differences between the two groups grow into resentment, hatred and violence, threatening to destroy the people of Ember's chance of survival. Somehow Doon and Lina must find a way to overcome the distrust and bring the people of Ember and Sparks together. Praise for THE CITY OF EMBER:'a most engaging writer . . . lively characters and genuine suspense . . .' Jan Mark, TESshow more

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