The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Book Information

Publication Date: May 31, 2003


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 680L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level W


Interest Level: Age Range: 8 - 12 years, Grade Level: 3 - 7


Major Awards: 2009 ALA Notable Children's Books


Number of Pages: 144 pages


Approximate Word Count: 107,360 words


Audible Book Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins


Book Themes: Friendship, Greed, Family, Dreams, Power


Genre: Doomsday Dystopia


Setting: Our World -- 200+ Years in the Future -- Underground


Important Quote: The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren't the master of yourself anymore. Anger is. And when anger is the boss, you get unintended consequences.


First Line: When the city of Ember was just built and not yet inhabited, the chief builder and the assistant builder, both of them weary, sat down to speak of the future.


Point of View: Third Person (Limited Omniscient)

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