Teaser Tuesday: The City of Ember



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post challenge hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Each week, I’ll be posting a teaser from my current read!

Today, my class finished our latest read aloud: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. We’ve read some amazing books this year, and my class was afraid that no book could top Holes or The Invention of Hugo Cabret. That is, until we opened this book.

The City of Ember is a dystopian novel that definitely paved the way for Divergent and The Hunger Games, except without all the violence. Instead, it takes a look at the darkness and light inside every person. Taking place entirely underground, The City of Ember is an engaging and fascinating read for grade 3 and up.

Teaser from p. 2 of The City of Ember:

“So the first mayor of Ember was given the box, told to guard it carefully, and solemnly sworn to secrecy… Things went as planned for many years. But the seventh mayor of Ember was less honorable than the ones who’d come before him, and more desparate. … The box ended up at the back of a closet, shoved behind some old bags and bundles. There it sat, unnoticed, year after year, until its time arrived, and the lock quietly clicked open.”

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    Sandra Nachlinger
    March 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Oooh, that’s a great Teaser! Although I rarely read children’s books, this sounds like one I’d enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features a contemporary romance: GRIFF MONTGOMERY, QUARTERBACK.

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    March 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Interesting teaser. Must admit I’ve never heard of this book but I will definitely look out for it.

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