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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