The Diamond Of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Brigette: The last book in the City Of Ember series.
Morgan: After discovering a mysterious book about something left for the people of Ember, a boy and his companion go on a mission to discover it.
Any particular reason for choosing this book?
Morgan: I am reading the whole series.
Brigette: Children’s Literature/Science Fiction
Morgan: Action/Drama/Children’s Fiction/Sci-Fi
Who was your favorite character and why?
Brigette: Doon Harrow because he used his brain.
Morgan: Lina because she was the smartest and the most relatable.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Brigette: The Trogg family because they weren’t prepared to share.
Morgan: Torren because he annoyed me and Lizzie because she was too self-interested and into her looks.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?
Brigette: Every book in the series drags and it’s not until the last chapter that you really find out what you wanted to know. However, for 8-10 year-olds it might be just the right pace.
Morgan: At first it was a little boring and slow to get into but as the book went on, it became more interesting and mysterious. The ending had to be the best part!
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: A bit of both.
What did you think of the ending?
Brigette: A little too idealistic.
Morgan: Probably one of the best endings to a series I have read in a while. I think the ending really tied all the books together in a really nice way.
What was the moral of the story?
Brigette: A little knowledge can go a long way or be dangerous.
Morgan: Curiosity and knowledge are keys to finding what others can not.
Did you learn anything?
Morgan: How to make a wolf-scaring whistle, which might come in handy some day.
Brigette: “A person who thought he knew everything simply didn’t understand how much there was to know.” – Doon
Morgan: “…I don’t think there’s such a thing as an easy life. There’s always going to be hard work, and there will always be misfortunes we can’t control lurking out at the edges –storms, sickness, wolves. But there is such a thing as a good life…” –Loris Harrow
What would you change?
Brigette: One of my reading pet peeves is when books in a series do a lot of recapping. I think it is adequate to make it clear on the cover that it is a book in a series and if someone hasn’t read the others, too bad.
Have you read other books in the series?
Who would you recommend it to?
Brigette: People who have read the rest of the series.
Morgan: Those who are reading the Ember series or those who are interested in going on quest.
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Craft/Activity: Grass Whistle
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