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The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
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Mar 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: booksfornephewsandnieces
Read from March 03 to 05, 2010

This sequel to The City of Ember (which I loved) starts with one of my favorite quotes:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

DuPrau continues to champion being brave enough to do the hard thing - being good - while exploring the issues of mistrust and war and ways to prevent destruction through nonviolence. The inherent goodness of Lina and Doon, who brought their people out of their dying city beneath the earth and into a land with new wonders - clouds! trees! wind! chickens! - had me crying once again. Simply but powerfully told, and I'm glad a book like this exists for the upcoming generation!

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