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Are you looking for a great page turner geared for kids? "The City of
Ember", by Jeanne DuPrau, will have your 9 years old and older reading from
beginning to end in a short amount of time. Once I started reading
Ms.DuPrau's book, I couldn't put it down until I finished.
The story begins with the builders of the City of Ember leaving instructions
for future generations regarding what to do and where to go after 200 years
pass by. They put these instructions inside a box with a timer allowing it
to open at the specified future date.  Now jump forward these many years and
meet Lina and Doon who just turned twelve and are about to receive their
lifetime job by drawing it out of a jar. When Lina draws the "pipework
laborer", she almost cries. She feels that the pipework job is the worst of
all because all you do is work in the deepest earth repairing the pipes. But
to her surprise, Doon, draws the job she most wanted: a "messenger job" and
wants to trade with her. He tells her he wants to try and discover a way out
of this dark city where the only thing that lights the sky is electrical
lighting. There are black-outs throughout the city that are increasing daily
and it seems that the city is running out of everything. But most
importantly, there don't seem to be any replacements for the light bulbs
that burn out. Lina and Doon are fearful that one day the lights won't turn
on and everyone will be left in the dark. There is no way out of the city as
it is surrounded by complete darkness. The people don't know about
flashlights or candles or any kind of torch so they can't see beyond the
edge of the city.
When Lina comes upon a box that appears to have been opened, she finds a
note inside. It appears to have valuable information on the note. But she is
having great difficulty reading it because her baby sister has just gotten a
hold of it and has part of it in her mouth.  Will Lina, with the help of
Doon, figure out a way to save their city? Will she figure out the missing
letters to form the words contained in the note? This thrilling fantasy
reads like an adventure with a mystery waiting to be solved. But beware, the
ending will leave you wanting for more. And luckily Ms. DuPrau has written a
sequel, "The People of Sparks".

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"My Life With The Wave", by Catherine Cowan and based on a story by Nobel
Prize Laureate Octavio Paz, is one of the most imaginative picture books
that I've come across! When a youngster falls in love with the waves at the
beach, one wave breaks away from the rest and catches his hand. After much
convincing, dad decides to take the wave back home with the family. The wave
surrounds the boy's bedroom with shimmering water as both dance in the
moonlit night. But problems ensue when winter comes and the air turns cold
making the mass of water dream up cold, shivery nightmares. The
illustrations, by Mark Buehner, are incredible! He's even included hidden
pictures of several animals on each page. Mr. Buehner has outdone himself
with this awesome collection of ingenious pictures making the story flow
like the shifting waves of the tides. If you're looking for a book that will
spark your imagination, look no further. This is a perfect book for all
ages.