The People of Sparks

The People of Sparks

Ember Series, Book 2

eBook - 2004
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A modern-day classic. This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike for almost fifteen years and has sold over 3.5  MILLION copies!
Lina and Doon have led the citizens of Ember to an exciting new world. When they discover a village called Sparks, 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 mysterious acts of vandalism cause tempers to erupt, putting everyone’s lives in danger, it’s up to our two heroes to find the courage to stop the conflict and bring peace.
Praise for the City of Ember books:
Nominated to 28 State Award Lists!
An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
A Child Magazine Best Children’s Book
A Mark Twain Award Winner
A William Allen White Children’s Book Award Winner
“A realistic post-apocalyptic world. DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of undiscovered country and readers wanting more.” —USA Today
“An electric debut.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description.” —VOYA, Starred
Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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Jul 09, 2020

I had previously picked up this book, read a few chapters, and put it down. The second time I picked it up, I got all the way through, although it took me perhaps a little longer than it should have. The first 150 pages are dreadfully slow, and involve world building and politics. The last third is where it finally gets interesting, with a fight between the people of Sparks and the people of Ember coming to a head. I do appreciate the descriptions of the town of Sparks, the struggles of the people of Ember to get used to living outside (that is, not underground) and learning so many new things that their old world didn't have. The rate that the tensions ramped up between the two peoples was believable, and both sides had solid arguments and valid reasons for feeling the way they did. It was just... not that interesting to me. My favorite part was when Lina hitched a ride with roamer Caspar and got to see the broken city. I'd really like to see more of that type of life in this dystopian world- traveling and discovering relics from the past and seeing old, demolished cities. This sequel is the natural way that City of Ember would certainly have continued, but I just wish it was a little more exciting.

Aug 09, 2017

Lina is a very interesting character, and in this book I felt that she was developed quite nicely. The whole story revolves around more of communities and communication, as suddenly, two groups must learn to survive either together or apart. However, decisions are awfully hard to make with so many people, and the two protagonists start wondering if anything good can come out of such drastic changes and adaptations. Excellent read, would recommend for readers of 10 years and up to maybe 13.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 13, 2015

In the thrilling second book of The People of Ember series, the people of ember have escaped their old home and taken shelter in the village of sparks. Except the people of sparks are not very happy about the new arrivals

Jun 20, 2014

this is an awesome book,the diamond
of bookville

angiem99 Jan 02, 2014

Still pretty good. Shows how people from opposite sides should really come together and work as one.

Apr 11, 2013

Ok. Nothing better than Ok. But I think its worth reading.

Aug 21, 2012

Lost me a bit most of the book, but when I reread it, I understood perfectly. The second book flowed wonderfully with the first one.

Jul 14, 2012

Just as good as the first. I was unable to put this one down either. I think it gives us a clear picture of how wars are sparked (no pun intended) and how easy it is to start them. Another must read by Jeanne DuPrau.

ballantynemccallum May 15, 2012

Love this book! I haven't even read it yet but the way the first book (the city of ember) is; I'm desperate to read this!

May 04, 2012

nice book

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Feb 05, 2020

"Remember the City, the city remember,
Where treasure is hidden under the ground!
The city, the city, always remember,
that's where the treasure will be found!

There's buried treasure in the ancient city,
remember, remember, from times of old!
What's hidden will come to light again,
it's far more precious, than diamonds and gold!"

Sep 19, 2013

You see? The enemy falls at my feet!
- Tick

Mar 24, 2010

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction"
--Martin Luther King Jr.


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ballantynemccallum May 15, 2012

Sequel to the first!

May 04, 2012

about after Lina and Doon get the Emberites out of Ember to live in sparks


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Nov 10, 2013

Other: awesome!! just awesome

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