Its 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the towns respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly.
As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the womans mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around townher great-grandfathers peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakesall while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?
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"Despite the disappointing last chapter, this exploration and Nickie's story make the novel an enjoyable read." - VOYA
"This novel has a great deal of immediacy in light of current world events. It sharply brings home the idea of people blindly following a belief without questioning it. However, it's really more of a stand-alone title." - School Library Jounral
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Jeanne DuPrau spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences.
So far, she has written four novels, six books of non-fiction, and quite a few essays and stories.
DuPrau doesn't write every minute of every day. She also putters around in her garden. She lives in California, where it's easy to grow everything from apples to zinnias.
DuPrau doesn't have children, but she has two nephews and a niece.
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