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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
May 13, 2003 | ISBN 9780375890802

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USA Today
“DuPrau’s first foray into fiction creates a realistic post-apocalyptic world. Reminiscent of Robert O’Brien’s Z for Zachariah, DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of the undiscovered country and readers wanting more.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Thanks to full-blooded characters every bit as compelling as the plot, Lina and Doon’s search parallels the universal adolescent quest for answers. An electric debut!”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“Well-paced, this contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape over rooftops in darkness, a harrowing journey into the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher. The likeable protagonists are not only courageous but also believably flawed by human pride. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.”

Starred Review, Voice of Youth Advocates
“While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description. DuPrau uses the puzzle, suspenseful action, and lots of evil characters to entice readers into the story. They will find the teen characters believable and gutsy. Part mystery, part adventure story.”

The Horn Book Magazine
“The device of a hidden letter, complete with missing words, is used with such disarming forthrightness that readers will be eagerly deciphering it right alongside Doon and Lina.”

An ALA Notable Children’s Book

A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice

A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection


ALA Notable Children’s Book WINNER 2006

Arkansas Charlie May Simon Award WINNER 2005

California Young Reader Medal WINNER 2006

Colorado Children’s Book Master List WINNER 2005

Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award WINNER

Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Master List WINNER 2006

Florida Sunshine State Book Award WINNER 2004

Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Master List WINNER 2006

Iowa Teen Book Award WINNER 2005

Kansas William White Award WINNER 2006

Kentucky Bluegrass Master List WINNER 2006

New Hampshire Great Stone Face Children’s Book Award WINNER 2006

New Jersey Garden State Children’s Book Award WINNER 2006

Texas Lone Star Reading List WINNER 2006

West Virginia Children’s Book Master List WINNER 2005

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award NOMINEE 2005

Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award NOMINEE 2006

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