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The Resource The city of Ember : the graphic novel, [an abridgement of the novel by] Jeanne DuPrau ; adapted by Dallas Middaugh ; art by Niklas Asker ; color by Niklas Asker and Bo Ashi ; lettering by Chris Dickey

The city of Ember : the graphic novel, [an abridgement of the novel by] Jeanne DuPrau ; adapted by Dallas Middaugh ; art by Niklas Asker ; color by Niklas Asker and Bo Ashi ; lettering by Chris Dickey

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The city of Ember : the graphic novel
Title
The city of Ember
Title remainder
the graphic novel
Statement of responsibility
[an abridgement of the novel by] Jeanne DuPrau ; adapted by Dallas Middaugh ; art by Niklas Asker ; color by Niklas Asker and Bo Ashi ; lettering by Chris Dickey
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 The city of Ember, the only light in a vast world of darkness, is dying, and two young teens might be the only ones who can find the way out of their darkening town—if they can escape the machinations of a corrupt mayor. DuPrau’s well-received dystopian and postapocalyptic middle-grade novel is ably adapted into graphic-novel form by Middaugh and Asker. Middaugh is not afraid to cut as needed, removing scenes and characters with the hand of a screenwriter. The result is a streamlined work that moves quickly while retaining the heart of the original story. Fans of the novel may notice the loss of some of the drama in the foreshortened scenes, but readers new and old will appreciate the muted colors of Asker’s artwork, which clearly shows the dinginess of Ember and the generic quality of people who have bred past specific races. The main characters are drawn young, but their maturity should help the graphic novel, like the book, cross over from elementary- to middle-school appeal. -- Wildsmith, Snow (Reviewed 10-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p37)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 – 8 — Lina and Doon have spent their entire lives surrounded by darkness. Lina is an optimist and a dreamer who just knows there is something beyond the city of her birth. Doon is much more practical. He knows that if he can just get a good look underground, he can fix the city's constant blackout problem. A chance encounter on Assignment Day allows the two children to meet and exchange jobs, essentially giving the other what they've always wanted. They start to unearth an evil plot by the city's obese and greedy mayor to steal away precious resources from the people who live there. Using clues left behind by Lina's late grandmother, they travel beneath Ember's tunnels in a desperate attempt to find a way out. Based on DuPrau's novel (Random, 2003), the story brings the city of Ember to life using many muted yellows and earth tones. While the interior vantage points from Lina's and Doon's perspectives make Ember's public buildings and homes seem large, advanced exterior shots surrounded entirely in black give readers a sense of just how isolated Ember is. Lina's wonder and Doon's frustration are easily visible through Asker's skill in detailing facial expressions, helping to visually elevate a story literally besieged by shadows. Dystopian stories can be dark, and this one is literally so, but its ultimately hopeful message will resonate.—Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library --Ryan P. Donovan (Reviewed November 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 11, p127)
  • Effective use of light and shadow in the art give this graphic adaptation of the 2003 novel a properly spooky look, but it reads overall more like a summary than a developed story. Though sticking to a sketchy iteration of the original's plot rather than the somewhat altered film version (no cave monster, sorry), the tale is told in a visual, cinematic way with an admixture of quick reaction shots and wordless action sequences that allow readers to race along almost as fast as they can turn the pages. The terse exchanges between characters use DuPrau's words, but as dialogue they sometimes come across as stiff: "…if I go, I must leave Poppy, mustn't I?" frets Lina. "How can I take her on a journey of such danger?" Still, Asker's penumbral scenes underground and broad, grassy Eden above are strongly atmospheric and depict both settings and the clearly delineated cast (particularly the grossly corpulent Mayor) in tellingly crisp detail. No substitute for the original, but an agreeable alternative for younger or less-able readers. (Graphic science fiction. 8-10)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10165811
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DuPrau, Jeanne
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • GN520L
  • Decoding demand: 83 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 95 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 50 (medium)
  • Structure demand: 84 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.7.D93
LC item number
Ci 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
Reading level
2.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Middaugh, Dallas
  • Asker, Niklas
  • Ashi, Bo
  • Dickey, Chris
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Book of Ember
Series volume
[1]
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • DuPrau, Jeanne
  • Occupations
  • Dystopias
  • Escapes
  • Civilization, Subterranean
  • Graphic novels
  • Fantasy
Target audience
pre adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the graphic novel
Label
The city of Ember : the graphic novel, [an abridgement of the novel by] Jeanne DuPrau ; adapted by Dallas Middaugh ; art by Niklas Asker ; color by Niklas Asker and Bo Ashi ; lettering by Chris Dickey
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
902312
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375868214
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011051619
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375868214
  • (OCoLC)772138154
Label
The city of Ember : the graphic novel, [an abridgement of the novel by] Jeanne DuPrau ; adapted by Dallas Middaugh ; art by Niklas Asker ; color by Niklas Asker and Bo Ashi ; lettering by Chris Dickey
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
902312
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375868214
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011051619
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375868214
  • (OCoLC)772138154

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