As a school librarian (of sorts) and MLS student, I am always excited when Children's Book Week rolls around. Established in 1919, this week is one of the longest- running literary initiatives in our country. It can be celebrated with author appearances, book parties...In our public library when I was younger, they used to have this voting box where you could nominate your favorite book character for Character of the Month...or something. Really, the idea was cool back then.
Anyways, to mark the beginning of this most wonderful of weeks, I am giving away a personal favorite from my middle school years: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau!
Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness….
But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?
Wow. Lots of good memories with this particular title, and the movie too - but that's another story entirely, and I'm not going out to buy the DVD for you. So, ready to play? Just fill out that form below, and best of luck to you!
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