DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. New York: Yearling, 2003.
Annotation: The builders of the City of Ember designed it to sustain life for 200 years until it was safe to return to the outside world. The builders left instructions that were eventually lost, no one knew of their existence, but when Lina finds them torn as they were she knows she has something important and decides to figure them out.
Lina finds a box that holds an important message for the City of Ember. Their city was always losing power and fear was settling in that the lights may one day go out and never return. Even though she doesn’t know it, with her friend Doon they decipher its meaning to find a way out of their deteriorating city. Will the others believe they’ve found a way to the outside world, will they understand they’ve been living underground, and can they do it before the lights go out forever in The City of Ember?
Mark Twain Award, 2006
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2006
Child Magazine's Best Children's Book, 2003
Kirkus Editor's Choice, 2003
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Check out The books of Ember:
The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, The Diamond of Darkhold