City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
- Why do you think Lina and the others do not rebel against life in Ember?
- Why do the children of Ember start work at the age of 12 instead of continuing to go to school?
- Are the work assignments fair?
- What about working in Pipeworks convinces Doon that Ember is in even worse shape than he thought?
- Why has no one invented the moveable light (flashlight/candle) in Ember?
- Why is Lina’s grandma so determined to find what is missing? What do they find?
- Lina believes The Instructions are important. Why doesn’t anyone else?
- What do the people of Ember think of their mayor? What do you think?
- How did Ember become so rundown?
- What do Doon and Lina find in the Pipeworks?
- Who is Lizzie and what is her job? What secret does she have?
- How do the guards react when Doon and Lina report the mayor?
- How do Lina and Doon discover the way out of Ember? What do they find?
- Do you think the other citizens of Ember will follow them?
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