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DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. New York: Random House, 2003.
Annotation: Lina and Doon are two children part of a lost underground city. As the city lights begin to fade, Lina finds a cryptic message that may be directions to the way out of Ember. She and Doon begin a race against time in search of freedom from their doomed city.
2003 Child Magazine's Best Children's Book
2003 Kirkus Editor's Choice
2006 Mark Twain Award
2006 William Allen White Children's Book Award
American Library Association Notable Book
Book Talk: Deep underground there exist a city of lights. Each day the citizens go about their business maintaining the order and structure within their society. When the lights of the city start to flicker, the citizens start to panic while the mayor denies any cause for alarm. Lina Mayfleet, a young messenger for the city makes a shocking discovery when she finds a cryptic message that may point to a way out of the city. Along with her best friend Doon Harrow, the two youngsters being a journey of discovery that could be the key to saving all the citizens of their doomed city. Will anybody believe them? Can the mayor keep them from revealing the truth? Join the adventure of a lifetime as they try to escape…The City of Ember