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Clever_Pen_Name
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"City of Ember" - Jeanne DuPrau. Any thoughts?

Thinking about picking this up, and it seems like a book I'd be interested in (story set in a post apocalyptic time frame). It's a recipient of the 2006 Mark Twain award... and at just under 6 bucks, so you can't beat the price.

 

However, when I opened it up, I had this weird flashback of reading "Superfudge" back in 81... it's hard to explain, but it just looks like the book was written for not so much YA, but kids... larger letters maybe shorter words maybe? I don't know...

 

Now, I've read YA before with the HP series, so I'm not biased.  But if you've read this, and think it could hold the attention of an adult, let me know...  I'm curious.

 

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TiggerBear
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Re: "City of Ember" - Jeanne DuPrau. Any thoughts?

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Hmm it's ok not HP good, more Percy Jackson ok good.

 

I'd have to a agree it's geared a tad more towards preteens than the older YA set. And yes it uses simple language. It's not a bad book by any means, but as a precocious 9 year old I would have rejected it for not being challenging. (shrug)

 

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paulgoatallen
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Re: "City of Ember" - Jeanne DuPrau. Any thoughts?

 

TiggerBear wrote:

Hmm it's ok not HP good, more Percy Jackson ok good.

 

I'd have to a agree it's geared a tad more towards preteens than the older YA set. And yes it uses simple language. It's not a bad book by any means, but as a precocious 9 year old I would have rejected it for not being challenging. (shrug)

 

 

 

Exactly. My wife uses these books in her sixth grade English class.... she says that the kids love them, however, so I suppose they are geared towards the preteen reader.

 

Paul

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Re: "City of Ember" - Jeanne DuPrau. Any thoughts?

Thanks guys.  I guess I'll put this on the list of things to read to my daughter in a few years then...