The People Of Sparks: Book Of Ember 2 by Jeanne DuprauThe People Of Sparks: Book Of Ember 2 by Jeanne Duprau

The People Of Sparks: Book Of Ember 2

byJeanne Duprau

Paperback | April 12, 2005

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A modern-day classic. This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike for almost fifteen years and has sold over 3.5  MILLION copies!
Lina and Doon have led the citizens of Ember to an exciting new world. When they discover a village called Sparks, they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When mysterious acts of vandalism cause tempers to erupt, putting everyone’s lives in danger, it’s up to our two heroes to find the courage to stop the conflict and bring peace.
Praise for the City of Ember books:
Nominated to 28 State Award Lists!
An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
A Child Magazine Best Children’s Book
A Mark Twain Award Winner
A William Allen White Children’s Book Award Winner
“A realistic post-apocalyptic world. DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of undiscovered country and readers wanting more.” —USA Today
“An electric debut.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description.” —VOYA, Starred
JEANNE DuPRAU is the New York Times bestselling author of the City of Ember books, which have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms. She also wrote Escape the Vortex, part of the multiplatform sci-fi adventure series Voyagers. Visit her website at
Title:The People Of Sparks: Book Of Ember 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.75 × 5.19 × 0.81 inPublished:April 12, 2005Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375828257

ISBN - 13:9780375828256

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first one The first book was much better but still a great story!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not meet expectations After finishing The City of Ember I was looking forward to this book, but sadly it did not quite live up to my expectations. *Side note: This cover is gorgeous, like, holy cow! Anyway, back to the point. This novel picks up right where Ember left off with Lina and Doon waiting outside the tunnel where they left Ember. After this the story then switches focus to the people in a village called Sparks. When this first happened I thought "Okay, cool, a different perspective" but eventually it seemed as though Lina and Doon's importance dwindled away until they were more like shadow versions of their previous selves. The main message in this book is "War is Bad" and it comes through so much and in so many different ways that, to me, it almost felt like beating a dead horse. This message left very little room for anything else that I loved from the first book, such as Lina's curiosity. She does go on an adventure and get into trouble, but it seemed out of place. The story still has that charm which drew me into the first book, with its unique look at the whole city underground, and previous disaster that caused all of these events to take place. I also loved the lack of romance that all other novels of this type have nowadays. I still hope to find out about this city that Lina drew while back in Ember, and I am going to continue on with this series. So, despite the issues I had, I still really liked this novel and once again I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes This book was not as good as the first one, but still had a lot of great stuff going on. It took a little while for the story to pick up but it was amazing as well.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as Good as the First Still great, but not as intense as the first.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The People of Sparks Not as good as Ember, but still a fun story.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It's still well written but, a little disappointing compared to the first book....
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES After the first book ended on a cliffhanger I dived right into this one and it was equally good. This book was so interesting and had so many different good storylines going on. I just hated the Doctor's nephew lol
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from !!! SURPRISED !!! BEST.BOOK.EVER The People Of Sparks deserves to be a classic. However, in the series I find it annoying that Jeanne DuPrau writes one topic then switches to something 50 years before the People Of Sparks. Great book! I hope that she continues more awesome books like this.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of ember This is the best book it is a must read if u rad city of ember then u have to read the rest of them
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from People of sparks Have you ever read the city of ember? Well if so this is the next book for you, this book is a follow of the city if ember and the story of Doon and Lina in their perspective, it's a wonderful read aloud to kids or a in the head concentrate book. My only problem with this book is that the words don't flow as well as the first book. Also I've only read 38% of this book but so far it's not as interesting or exciting, but when you read the first book you kind of want to keep going and find out what happens in this amazing read! I would recommend this book to anyone 11 and older.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from People of sparks is excellent The prequel of People of Sparks, City of Ember, may be a great but I think this is one is better. People of sparks has lots of lessons, more than Ember, especially good ones for kids age 9-13. One of the examples that happened in the book was Doon, one of the boys in the book, save a little cruel kid that was in danger. Another one is when Mandy, another character, said that to be able to stop a fight you must do something good in the beginning but the thing is it’s hard. Lastly a character named Tick was very responsible, he was a kid and he was in charge of the Emberites. The book has much more lessons in it, it’s worth the buy. The book is very descriptive in many ways. For example Torren, he is a very bad kid but the author did not write “Torren is a bad kid” instead in the beginning she wrote something more like Torrent threw an object down breaking something. During the war of the Emberites and the sparks the description was amazing, I imagined everything with what the book said. Not only is the book descriptive it’s also realistic, since Lina came from a place with bad education, on sparks she asked people what things were, not only was she like “Oh yeah, I heard of that before”. Though the book was so great there were some disappointments. It was when Lina went with the roamers looking for a new city. I don’t know why but I probably just already knew what going to happen. Maybe the chapter was very easy to assume so I got bored, but maybe the book would be much greater for you to read. The book has much more exiting parts than boring parts.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing special. The seccond book of Ember was pretty good. Pretty straight forward. It is interesting to read about how the author thinks the wold is after all the wars and civilization is extinct. I enjoyed this book. I will buy the third one.
Date published: 2010-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first one, great plot, leaves room for more Compared with the City of Ember, I actually preferred this book a lot more. It was very interesting, and engaging. The plot was very well written and I found myself wanting to get back to the book. The plot divides the story into two perspectives; Doon's point of view and also Lina's point of view (most of the time). You do have some chapters where it features other secondary characters, but the story really focuses on the two main ones. I like both Lina and Doon. They're still the same as in the first book; strong, individualstic and willing to stand out to do what's right in their opinion despite what the majority might say. I was afraid for a moment that Doon might have changed for the worst, especially when he was following Tick around (a suitable name for a character, as Tick is quite annoying just like the insect). However, I was wrong, and was glad Doon did not waver and did not change - in fact he did change, but for the better. Both Tick and Torren should be best friends in my opinion. They were horrible, obnoxious, annoying, and brought the worst out from both the people of Ember and Sparks. I had the feeling I wouldn't like Torren from the start (and I was right) and although I had my suspicions about Tick, they were finally correct in the end and I felt like slugging them both with a baseball bat. I'm not sure what to say about Caspar. He's rather odd and I'm curious as to what he's really looking for, and what do numbers have to do with it. There were still a lot of questions left to be answered I think, and there's a few loose ends still not tied. However I heard the third book in the series is like a prequel. Which I find rather odd but perhaps it'll provide the answers or information that might help to understand the series more. Overall, a much better improvement and a much more exciting book than the first one. This is a great sequel and it does provide a moral at the end of the story. The ending was great and although there was no cliffhanger, nevertheless it was certainly a very nice way to close the book.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Dissapointing! I pretty much diliked this book. I just couldn't get interested and I couldn't find any meaning to the story.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didn't hold up to the first this book was ok but in comparsion to teh first wasn't all that great. i foudn it lacking teh first books excitement and climax. I think this book is waht is keeping em form purchasing teh other two that ahev coem out recently
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not too bad at all The People of Sparks is the sequel to The City of Ember. When the Emberites come out from their underground city, they meet ans find new things all around them. They have discovered a new world. When th people of Sparks are foed to keep the homeless Emberites in their town for six months, problems pop out of nowhere like daisies. Accusation of vandalism is quickluy blamed on Doon Harrow, one of the Emberites and also one of the brave heroes who saved th City of Ember from perishing. Both Cities could take no more abuse from each other so they decided to start a war. IN the end, peace was restored into the hearts and souls of evryone and they learned to cooperate as a team. Teh lesson to be learned here is that of knowing both sides of the story and not jumping to any conclusion based one persons witness.
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surviving....... Ever since the Emberities came up aboveground and saw their first light, they've been amazed by even the smallest of things. Soon they wander into a small village called Sparks. As they entered the village, the people of Sparks agreed to take them in and give them food and shelter. But after awhile, things got complicated because of the limited food supply. Because of that, problems started like when the Emberities got accused for wasting food. But in the end, after a huge fire was started, everyone worked hard to burn it out. Both sides was grateful to each other and they once agreed to help each other in the future. The person who was actually behind all this was a boy from Ember who wanted war to happen. So he made a scheme with the help of a few of his friends. It's actually a pretty good book after you read it.
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful and Amazing Jeanne Dupreau is a genius! Such great views of what could happen far in the future. Also, this book showed me a lot about racism, and how war starts, even if the people are of the same race, but even from different places. I loved the ending to the book, and I am so glad that there will be a third book!!! Overall an AWESOME read!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little disappointing I had hoped for a better sequel, but on the whole this is not a bad book.
Date published: 2005-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME I WANT A THIRD!!!!! I WANT MORE
Date published: 2005-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing it's amazing
Date published: 2005-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsom, Incredible Wow, that was an awsome book not boring at all. Some people may think different but this is my opinion that The city of Ember,People of Sparks, should have another sequal. This person ends books with a lot of suspense, questioning and readers can actually try to guess what is going to happen next. All i have to say is WOW!
Date published: 2005-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The People of Sparks The City of Ember was an excellent book, it doesnt go too fast nore too slow. After finishing it I had to go buy The People of Sparks! Unfortunately they only had it in hardcover so I had to wait a while, but I am now halfway through the book and its great! This is a great fiction book! I definately got into reading this book compared to others!
Date published: 2005-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Poeple of Sparks I read the City of Ember a year ago and I was a little disapointed with the sequel. it was lacking enthusiasm at times and came across as negative and boring sometimes. It was very interesting at first, but this woman does not know how to end a book?
Date published: 2005-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A phenomenal read The City of Ember was an amazing tale, and after i read it, i just had to read the People of Sparks! It is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys adventure and a little bit of fantasy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who ever lays eyes on it! :)
Date published: 2005-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book WILL be amazing when it comes out After reading the first book - The city of Ember i couldn't put the book down even for a second. After it was finished i automatically new the next book the people of sparks will be even better
Date published: 2005-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Reader for Excellent Books Only Excellent Book.
Date published: 2005-01-09

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Chapter 1What Torren SawTorren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came. He was supposed to be fetching a couple of cabbages for Dr. Hester to use in the soup that night, but, as usual, he didn't see why he shouldn't have some fun while he was at it. So he climbed up the wind tower, which he wasn't supposed to do because, they said, he might fall or get his head sliced off by the big blades going round and round.The wind tower was four-sided, made of boards nailed one above the next like the rungs of a ladder. Torren climbed the back side of it, the side that faced the hills and not the village, so that the little group of workers hoeing the cabbage rows wouldn't see him. At the top, he turned around and sat on the flat place behind the blades, which turned slowly in the idle summer breeze. He had brought a pocketful of small stones up with him, planning on some target practice: he liked to try to hit the chickens that rummaged around between the rows of cabbages. He thought it might be fun to bounce a few pebbles off the hats of the workers, too. But before he had even taken the stones from his pocket, he caught sight of something that made him stop and stare.Out beyond the cabbage field was another field, where young tomato and corn and squash plants were growing, and beyond that the land sloped up into a grassy hillside dotted, at this time of year, with yellow mustard flowers. Torren saw something strange at the top of the hill. Something dark.There were bits of darkness at first-for a second he thought maybe it was a deer, or several deer, black ones instead of the usual light brown, but the shape was wrong for deer, and the way these things moved was wrong, too. He realized very soon that he was seeing people, a few people at first and then more and more of them. They came up from the other side of the hill and gathered at the top and stood there, a long line of them against the sky, like a row of black teeth. There must have been a hundred, Torren thought, or more than a hundred.In all his life, Torren had never seen more than three or four people at a time arrive at the village from elsewhere. Almost always, the people who came were roamers, passing through with a truckload of stuff from the old towns to sell. This massing of people onthe hilltop terrified him. For a moment he couldn't move. Then his heart started up a furious pounding, and he scrambled down off the wind tower so fast that he scraped his hands on the rough boards."Someone's coming!" he shouted as he passed the workers. They looked up, startled. Torren ran at full speed toward the low cluster of brown buildings at the far end of the field. He turned up a dirt lane, his feet raising swirls of dust, and dashed through the gate in the wall and across the courtyard and in through the open door, all the time yelling, "Someone's coming! Up on the hill! Auntie Hester! Someone's coming!"He found his aunt in the kitchen, and he grabbed her by the waist of her pants and cried, "Come and see! There's people on the hill!" His voice was so shrill and urgent and loud that his aunt dropped the spoon into the pot of soup she'd been stirring and hurried after him. By the time they got outside, others from the village were leaving their houses, too, and looking toward the hillside.The people were coming down. Over the crest of the hill they came and kept coming, dozens of them, more and more, like a mudslide.The people of the village crowded into the streets. "Get Mary Waters!" someone called. "Where's Ben and Wilmer? Find them, tell them to get out here!"Torren was less frightened now that he was surrounded by the townspeople. "I saw them first," he said to Hattie Carranza, who happened to be hurrying along next to him. I was the one who told the news.""Is that right," said Hattie."We won't let them do anything bad to us," said Torren. "If they do, we'll do something worse to them. Won't we?"But she just glanced down at him with a vague frown and didn't answer.The three village leaders–Mary Waters, Ben Barlow, and Wilmer Dent–had joined the crowd by now and were leading the way across the cabbage field. Torren kept close behind them. The strangers were getting nearer, and he wanted to hear what they would say. He could see that they were terrible-looking people. Their clothes were all wrong–coats and sweaters, though the weather was warm, and not nice coats and sweaters but raggedy ones, patched, unraveling, faded, and grimy. They carried bundles, all of them: sacks made of what looked like tablecloths or blankets gathered up and tied with string around the neck. They moved clumsily and slowly. Some of them tripped on the uneven ground and had to be helped up by others.In the center of the field, where the smell of new cabbages and fresh dirt and chicken manure was strong, those at the front of the crowd of strangers met the village leaders. Mary Waters stepped to the front, and the villagers crowded up behind her. Torren, beingsmall, wriggled between people until he had a good view. He stared at the ragged people. Where were their leaders? Facing Mary were a girl and a boy who looked only a little older than he was himself. Next to them was a bald man, and next to him a sharp-eyed woman holding a small child. Maybe she was the leader.But when Mary stepped forward and said, "Who are you?" it was the boy who answered. He spoke in a clear, loud voice that surprised Torren, who had expected a pitiful voice from someone so bedraggled. "We come from the city of Ember," the boy said. "We left there because our city was dying. We need help."Mary, Ben, and Wilmer exchanged glances. Mary frowned. "The city of Ember? Where's that? We've never heard of it. "The boy gestured back the way they had come, to the east. "That way," he said. "It's under the ground."From the Hardcover edition.