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The People of Sparks Book Review

The People of Sparks Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Kidzworld reviews Jeanne DuPrau's book, The People of Sparks. It's the sequel to The City of Ember!

Title: The People of Sparks
Author: Jeanne DuPrau
Ages: 9+
Rating: 4


When the Emberites emerge from their underground city into the outside world, they settle into their new - and temporary - home in the city of Sparks. But will they overstay their welcome? Will everyone learn to get along, even though they're from different worlds?


A Whole New World

With their city in ruins, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow lead their people up and out into the world, where things like clouds, trees, wind and fire exist! The Emberites are amazed with the new world, but don't know how to survive! They're relieved when they stumble across the town of Sparks, whose people offer to help. They open up their homes, feed them and teach them basic skills like farming and building houses - but only for six months. After that, the Emberites will have to leave and make a new town of their own.


Can't We All Just Get Along?

With almost 800 mouths to feed, the food supply in Sparks starts to dwindle and both sides have less and less to eat. As resentment grows, arguments break out and fists are thrown, it's up to Lina and Doon to figure out what to do before they go to war!


The Bottom Line

It's pretty hard to believe that there are people living underground - or is it? The People of Sparks gives you an interesting look into what it's like to live down under and teaches you a valuable lesson about accepting people who are different from you. Make sure you read it this summer, as well as the prequel, The City of Ember!


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