The People of Sparks

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Book Information

Publication Date: June 22, 2004


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 760L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level W


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8; Age Range: 8-12 years


Number of Pages: 352 pages


Approximate Word Count: 107,360 words -- The average reader will spend 7 hours and 9 minutes reading The People of Sparks (The City of Ember) at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins


Book Themes: War, Opposing Points of View, First Impressions


Genre: Sequel to The City of Ember, Children's literature, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure


Setting: In the Future in the Fictional Town of Sparks (located near the wasteland left by the long-ago Disaster that destroyed most of civilization)


Important Quote: When someone has been mean to you, why would you want to be good to them?' 'You wouldn't want to. That's what makes it hard. You do it anyway. Being good is hard. Much harder than being bad.


First Line: Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came.


Point of View: Third Person with shifting perspectives throughout the story


*Estimate from Reading Length

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The People of Sparks