Book Show and Tell: City of Embers

For my book show and tell I did The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This is the first book of the 4 book series. The book starts off with a group of architects, scientists and doctors also known as the builders. These people assembled Ember, a subterranean city with supplies for its inhabitants to survive at least 200 years. to avoid an impeding disaster. They handed the first mayor of the city a locked box, holding the instructions for the city’s inhabitants, to be passed down form one mayor to the next. This passage continues until the seventh mayor who, in search of a cure of a deadly cough tries multiple times to break it open but fails each time, he eventually dies before he can return the box to its rightful place or inform anyone else of its importance. Roughly 241 years the city’s establishment, the supplies are in danger and its hydroelectric generator is in decay.¬†At their graduation ceremony, young people are assigned their jobs, Lina Mayfleet is assigned the job of a Pipeworks Laborer and Doon Harrow is given the job of a Messenger. However, both of them are displeased with the jobs that they were assigned to so they exchange their assignments in secret. Lina’s younger sister, Poppy, exposes the instructions left by the Builders, but in teething leaves them almost illegible. Later, Lina asks Doon to help her reconstruct the paper. After much trial and error, she and Doon decipher the instructions from the Builders, which inform them of how to exit the city of Ember. Lina’s grandmother dies shortly afterward, and Lina and Poppy move in with a neighbor, Mrs. Murdo. At work, Doon discovers that the mayor of Ember and a storeroom worker named Looper have been stealing supplies, and he and Lina report the crime. Upon following the instructions given in the note, they discover boats and candles meant for use in the exodus. On their return to Ember, they learn that the mayor has declared them fugitives from the law. Lina is arrested and taken to the mayor, who threatens to throw her in jail. Suddenly, a blackout occurs and allows her to escape without being seen. Lina, Doon, and Poppy escape in a boat through the river that supplies Ember’s electricity. Shortly after they are faced with a very steep climb and emerge onto the surface where they see their city from above and realize for the first time that Ember is underground. They throw a rock with instructions tied to it, in Doon’s shirt down to the city in hope that the people of Ember will escape.

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