The People Of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Brigette: The people of Ember finally make it to the surface only to face almost insurmountable hardships.
Morgan: Two twelve-year-olds discover a way out of their crumbling city that turns out may not been exactly what they had expected.
Any particular reason for choosing this book?
Morgan: I am reading the whole series.
Brigette: Children’s Literature/Science Fiction
Morgan: Science Fiction/Action/Drama/Children’s Literature
Who was your favorite character and why?
Brigette: Maddy because she was always calm and very sure of herself.
Morgan: It would have to be Lina because I could relate to her the most but I also thought Maddy was a kind and wise person.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Brigette:Most of the townspeople of Sparks because very few of them did the right thing.
Morgan: I hated Torren. The way they described him annoyed me and the way he behaved also bugged me. Tick was also very stuck-up. I hated him even more at the end. One thing I like about all the characters, though, is that you get to know them as the book goes on, not just straight away; like you would with real people.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?
Brigette: I had thought that The City Of Ember was excruciatingly slow because I’d seen the film first, but I’m beginning to realize the whole series runs at a pace that is far too slow for me. It would probably suit 8-11 year olds though.
Morgan: The more the book went on, the more I liked it. I guess I could say it caught me almost immediately.
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: Plenty of both.
What did you think of the ending?
Brigette: Unrealistic and slightly unsatisfying somehow.
Morgan: A relief, really.
What was the moral of the story?
Brigette: Fear is the root of all evil.
Morgan: Don’t fight back. If you want something to stop, stop it in a good way not with more negativity.
Brigette: “You approach people like an enemy and bam! They turn into one, whether they were to begin with or not. If you ask me, making friends is a better defense than making enemies.” – Maddy
Morgan: “That’s how it goes, doesn’t it? Someone pushes, someone pushes back. Pretty soon everything’s ruined.” – Dr. Hester
Have you read other books in the series?
Brigette: I plan to read the whole series. Check out my review of City Of Ember.
Would you like to see it adapted into a film?
Brigette: I’ve read that the plans for making this film have been put on hold due to the box office failure of the first film. I think this one has the most important message, though, so it’s a bit of a shame.
Who would you recommend it to?
Brigette: People who have read The City Of Ember or anyone who would like a better understanding of immigration and all the issues that arise with it.
Morgan: Everyone who is old enough to understand at least a little about human society or politics. Any tween, teenager, young adult or adult should read this. It has a great message, plenty of action and lots of things that expand your mind in a new and amazing way.
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Craft/Activity: Make your own electrical generator
How do you provide for others when you yourself don’t have enough?