Trade Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 0807220752 $26.00 Four cassettes
DD ISBN 0-8072-2077-9 $25.95
A post-apocalyptic chain of events has left the city of Ember facing food shortages, citizen riots, and rolling blackouts. Their light source is beginning to fail, and the domed city protecting the remaining humans on Earth seems doomed. Twelve-year-olds Lina and Doon believe salvation will come only from an ancient scrap of paper they found with "Instructions for Egress." The two set off on a dangerous journey into the dark, unknown world beyond their city. Wendy Dillon's rich, throaty tones describing Ember's domescape are gloomily impeccable. She slips in and out of preadolescent voices with ease and manages to create an atmosphere of hope in the midst of desolation. THE CITY OF EMBER is Jeanne DuPrau's first novel for a middle-school audience. THE PEOPLE OF SPARKS continues the tale. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]
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