Summary and book reviews of The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks

Sequel to The City of Embers

By Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks
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  • Hardcover: May 2004,
    338 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2005,
    352 pages.

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The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town's resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it's up to Lina and Doon to discover who's behind the vandalism and why, before it's too late.

Chapter 1
What Torren Saw

Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came. He was supposed to be fetching a couple of cabbages for Dr. Hester to use in the soup that night, but, as usual, he didn't see why he shouldn't have some fun while he was at it. So he climbed up the wind tower, which he wasn't supposed to do because, they said, he might fall or get his head sliced off by the big blades going round and round.

The wind tower was four-sided, made of boards nailed one above the next like the rungs of a ladder. Torren climbed the back side of it, the side that faced the hills and not the village, so that the little group of workers hoeing the cabbage rows wouldn't see him. At the top, he turned around and sat on the flat place behind the blades, which turned slowly in the idle summer breeze. He had...

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The City of Ember Pre-Reading Activity:

Mock Assignment Day–Explain that today is "Assignment Day" and students will get a job placement that will determine their future within the community. Distribute mock job assignments to students and give a talk about service to one's community. Ask students how they feel about being assigned to a profession. Ask them to speculate on what kind of world they are going to read about, where people are assigned jobs to work as messengers, laborers, electrician's helpers, and supply clerks.

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Library Journal - Barbara Wysocki

Grade 5-8. More thought provoking than entertaining... well suited to upper elementary and middle school libraries that support social studies curriculum.

Kirkus Reviews

This fast-paced tale of post-Apocalyptic strife will resonate with new and returning fans alike. Ages 9-13.

Booklist - Sally Estes

Gr. 5-7. In this engrossing sequel to The City of Ember (2003), young Doon and Lina have led more than 400 people from the underground city of Ember to Earth's surface, where they find the hardscrabble town of Sparks and ask for help.....A satisfying follow-up to the first book.

Reader Reviews
Vanessa

Then People of Sparks
I think this book is a great book for all ages. I read The City of Ember and it was pretty good. Then I found out there were more so I bought The People of Sparks and it's better then the first.

Joe

The People of Sparks
This book is an excellent book for all ages. The descriptive writing and paste of this book is great. I read it and couldn't put it down. It is not to violent our gory. It was just right. I wanted tot see a little more action in the beginning but ...   Read More

Justin

Five Star Recommendation
I chose to read "The City of Ember" for a short literary analysis essay at school and I loved it. So naturally when I found out that there were two other books in the series that had also been published I bought both of them and started reading. In ...   Read More

Miles

Awesome book
Not as good as the first but, still a very good sequel to one of the best books I have ever read and the ending is kind of a cliffhanger so they are making a new book in the fall it is coming out and anyone who has read book 1 needs to read the whole...   Read More

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