Jeanne DuPrau’s debut novel is the stunning The City of Ember, a keenly imaginative tale of two youngsters, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. The City of Ember is the only place for miles, and perhaps forever, that is lit up in a world encased in darkness, devoid of a sun or stars. However, the normally reputable supply of power appears to be failing, slowly but surely, as Ember is increasingly haunted by full blackouts, a fact that particularly concerns Doon. Both Lina and Doon have reached Assignment Day, when twelve-year-olds are cast from their classroom into real world jobs. Unfortunately for the both of them, they receive jobs neither want – Lina is assigned to Pipeworks, a dreary underground job, and Doon is given the job of Messenger, which requires a tireless runner. The two, in an epiphany of delight, decide to trade jobs, and in doing so, set out on paths destined to collide again, as they slowly work out the mysterious background of Ember, and attempt to figure out how to save their city. The moral conundrums Lina and Doon face resonate with relatability, and DuPrau’s clear and intelligent writing style has painted a world that vividly lights up in the minds of readers.
Expressly created for middle school students, this Novel-Ties guide from Learning Links will aid students by training them for more complex reading in the future. Chapter-by-chapter pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets allow students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices, instilling a greater understanding and appreciation for literature. A novel synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a notable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 6, comprised of the following additional titles: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Old Yeller; The Westing Game; The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Jacob Have I Loved; The Secret Garden; Gentlehands; Nothing But the Truth; Freak, the Mighty; The Giver; Wringer; Holes; Hatchet; Number the Stars; The Egypt Game; The Devil's Arithmetic; Maniac Magee; Brian's Winter; The House of Dies Drear; Hoot; Walk Two Moons; The View from Saturday; The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963; Out of the Dust; Parrot in the Oven; Jason's Gold; Chasing Vermeer; The City of Ember; When My Name Was Keoko; Flush; The Graveyard Book; Small Steps; The Mysterious Benedict Society; When You Reach Me; The Hunger Games; Moon Over Manifest; Scat. All aforementioned Novel-Ties eBooks can be observed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.