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     Hello, all you young readers! Many of you enjoy graphic novels and the fantasy genre. I have news about a fantastic novel for all of you to read.

     Students taking the advanced English course will be reading the novel by Jeanne DuPrau, City of Embers. The book became a bestseller soon after being published in 2003. A film based on the novel was released in 2008. The graphic novel adaptation by comic book artist Niklas Asker was released in 2012 and is available on Scribd!1

     What is scribd?       It's an online library service. For a small monthly fee, you can read as many of the books or listen to the audiobooks in the library. There are titles for the whole family. You also get free access to other services like CuriosityStream and ConTV. Who said reading isn't fun?

City of Ember: The Graphic ... by Random House Teens

     Now, for the advanced students, you will be studying the far more exciting full novel! This is the kind of book you will enjoy reading so much, you will find it difficult to put down. For the harder parts, we are always right beside you to help. Here are some pointers for you to get started.

Author     Jeanne DuPrau (born 1944 in San Francisco, California) is a writer, best known for The Books of Ember, a series of science fiction novels for young people. She lives in Menlo Park, California.

    Her bio profile on Goodreads2 describes her as someone that appreciates the difficulty involved in writing well, but she remains motivated to achieve the goal all the same. She sounds like each one of us in some way, and an excellent role model for us to follow as we tackle our studies.

Brief Description of City of Ember detailed summary, provided at Spark Notes3

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!                                             Scribd graphic novel version 1

Suggested support material

  1. Jeanne DuPrau, 2012. City of Ember Graphic Novel adapted by Dallas Middaugh with art by Niklas Asker
  2. Jeanne DuPrau, 2003. City of Ember RandomHouse Goodreads
  3. Summary and study guide Spark Notes
  4. Wendy Dillon (Narrator), 2004. City of Ember ListenLib. EAudiobook
  5. Class time content

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The Maze Runner is a 2009 young adult dystopian science fiction novel written by American author James Dashner and the first book

released in The Maze Runner series. The novel was published on October 6, 2009, by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, and was made into a 2014 major motion picture by 20th Century Fox, directed by Wes Ball.

Description: Wikipedia & Spark Notes Image: Audible 1



Characters (adapted from Spark Notes)

Thomas A teenage boy and the story’s main protagonist. Inquisitive and quick-witted. He often rejects authority. Caring, loyal. Shows responsibility to those around him. Courageous and impulsive. His heroic acts earn him both friends and adversaries.

Teresa A teenage girl and the only female resident of the Glade. Strength, intelligence, confidence, and fearlessness. Teresa shares a telepathic connection with Thomas, as well as a past neither remembers. Though a target of suspicion, she proves herself to be trustworthy.

Chuck An awkward, chubby Glader around age 12 or 13. Thomas’s first real friend in the Glade. His silliness annoys some of the Gladers. His abilities are underestimated.

Alby Leader and oldest of the Gladers. He tries to maintain order at all costs. Seen as mean or harsh, though he sometimes jokes and allows himself to be vulnerable.

Newt A former Runner who serves as second-in-command after he is injured in the Maze. He is Alby’s closest and most trusted ally. He is kind, friendly, and trustworthy, motivated by his care for the Glade’s residents.

Minho The Keeper of the Runners, Minho is fast, both mentally and physically. Smart and strong-minded, he acts based on his deep knowledge of the Maze. He has a sarcastic sense of humor, but may also be quick-tempered. A trusted and loyal friend to Thomas and Newt.

Gally The main antagonist. He is the keeper of The Builders, and a loud-mouthed bully. Gally dislikes and distrusts Thomas. He cares about the safety of the Glade and believes in the importance of rules.

Ben A Builder who has been stung by a Griever. The attack has altered Ben’s former personality and left him mentally unstable and prone to physical violence.

Freak, that’s the Number One Rule, the only one you’ll never be forgiven for breaking. Ain’t nobody—nobody—allowed in the Maze except the Runners. Break that rule, and if you ain’t killed by the Grievers, we’ll kill you ourselves, you get me?                                                                                          Spark Notes 2

Suggested support material

  1. Mark Deakins, 2009 The Maze Runner Listening Library Audiobook
  2. Summary and study guide Spark Notes quiz
  3. James Dashner Following Author's site
  4. James Dashner, 2009. The Maze Runner PenguinRH Ebook
  5. Class time content

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