The Prophet of Yonwood

The Prophet of Yonwood

Book - 2006
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While visiting the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina, eleven-year-old Nickie makes some decisions about how to identify both good and evil when she witnesses the townspeople's reactions to the apocalyptic visions of one of their neighbors.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375875267
Call Number: DUPRAU
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Prophecies -- Fiction.


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Aug 09, 2017

To be very honest, this book was my least favourite of the four. It just didn't appeal to me in a way the original and second did. The story jumps back to the past where the start of Ember and why the city was created. The protagonist is also dependent on a "single" parent/guardian and seeks out another for support. It seems like this author has a thing for writing about characters with only one direct family relation to look up to. Also, I found the beginning and ending a bit hard to grasp at. The plot just unraveled a bit at the seams, but for anyone who is organized in thought this would be a good book!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 14, 2015

In the Prequel to the People of Ember series, 11-year-old Nickie goes with her aunt to Yonwood to help get a house ready to be sold during the time when there is a threat of nuclear war and Nickie discovers the difference between good and evil.

Apr 14, 2014

This book is great! Ties in with the series very well.

Mar 11, 2014

Really disappointing. I felt this book detracts from the original and engaging heart of the series. It's the epitome of anti-climatic. Really worth won't miss anything you can't glean from a quickie summary.

May 28, 2013

This is not a terrible book. While I do appreciate the thought of a prequel, the Prophet of Yonwood meanders a lot, so much so that when DuPrau finally connects the dots in the end, the anti-climactic finale feels very rushed instead of awe-inspiring. As well, DuPrau boldly incorporates many different subjects in the novel, including violence, impending/inevitable war, religion and faith, which is great to see in a young adult novel. However, the reason this Prophet of Yonwood doesn't quite work as well as People of Sparks is because the subjects and themes here aren't so much commented on and tied back in at the end, making them feel haphazardly thrown in. This book is still a decent read -- I particularly liked the parallel of the heightened tensions of the Cold War -- but it had the potential of being something greater than it was.

Apr 11, 2013

Terrible installment to the series. Changed my view on these books.

Dec 23, 2012

Not as good as the first.

turtlele333 Sep 12, 2012

Awesome prequel! I loved how Jeanne DuPrau made the plot!

Aug 21, 2012

The perfect plot twist to the series

Jun 05, 2012

It is a very good book about a 11 yr old girl named nickie who vists her grandfather,s(who's is dead) town and has a list of goals she wants to do there 1 keep greenhaven ( wich is her grandfathers house). 2 fall in love 3 help the world. but then it does'nt work out as planned when there is a women who saw a vison and her friend mrs.beeson thinks they are commands from god when she says "no dogs" "no snakes" "no birdies"'no dancing or singing" which are just stuff that aren't in here dream the mrs.beeson gets rid of the dogs then they come back and nickie does fall in love in the dog odis.

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