A Favorite Children’s Book

Mystery, intrigue, science fiction, even politics—what more could one want in a good book?   🙂

(Ok, maybe one wouldn’t want politics, but in this case, it’s interesting—even educational—for children.)

What book? City of Ember.

As you may know, it’s been made into a movie. The movie was quite good, too, IMHO.

I’m not usually drawn to fiction “because it teaches a lesson,” yet many of the most powerful fiction books do draw from reality, do lift us to higher goals, do “teach lessons.”

Here are some “lessons” I see in the book City of Ember:

  • Being grateful for what you have
  • Loving family & friends
  • Resisting greed/dealing with wanting something so badly you lose perspective
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • The dangers of uncontrolled anger
  • Thinking in a new way about words
  • Thinking in a new way about our world
  • Industriousness

I’m not sure why I’m SO drawn to this book, but without including spoilers, the “surprising” scene near the end fascinates me. The characters are interesting, dialogue believable, premise (of the whole city) remarkable.

How about you? Have you read City of Ember? What have you enjoyed about it?



Christa Upton      Black Hills Picture Books     Edgemont, SD 57735

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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