2.12.18 IM, WAYR? Student Guest Post: Jaime I.—City of Ember

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!



In the book City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau the main characters are Lina and Doon and their main goal is to get out of their dying city or save it.


    Lina and Doon just turned twelve, the age of when kids start working, but Lina and Doon have plans. Lina plans to be a messenger. She wants to explore the city. In the meantime Doon wants to know more about why the generator is slowly dying to try to fix it. They want to rescue their city from forever darkness. When Lina finds instructions that her little sister her little sister ripped up, she was determined to find a way out of the city so she gets Doon’s help to solve the case. But a lot happens. Discovery is dangerous at times.They became wanted when the people think they’re spreading lies about the mayor. At this point it was escape or be captured. Will they escape in time???

It was the best series I ever read. It’s a mix of adventure and drama..I think everyone should try this amazing series. It is the best book I read, I think everyone would like it. Besides that, this amazing series needs one more thing: A FIFTH BOOK. Try the series. You’ll like it!

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Great job, Jaime. Ember is one of my most memorable reads. The movie isn’t as good… but still worth watching. There are lots of differences, for sure.


Now—who’s next?




Did you catch my
this past week?


Description from IndieBound

An Indie Next List Pick”Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.” –Booklist (starred review)

Nadia’s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai.Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.

Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, brothers, you need to see this.” Reluctantly, she follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.

It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.

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Our church is doing a study of this book in small groups.


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