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THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD

I'll never forget 9/11. The horror of the day still reasonates within me. I'll never forget how our president rallyed us together, promising to find the people who were behind this act of terrorism and make them pay. I often wondered how the children felt at this time while watching the pictures of the twin towers falling down and the huge gray billows of smoke that encased thousands of innocent victims. All this tragedy done by some people in the name of their God.

I finally got a chance to pick up a book I've been wanting to read for some time. THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD by Jeanne DuPrau is the third book of Ember. In this book, an eleven-year-old, Nickie comes to Yonwood, North Carolina to help her aunt sell an old mansion they've inherited. At this time rumors of war and terrorism are happening. A woman in Yonwood has visions of a terrible future, while another takes it upon herself to interprete these dreams.

I found myself comparing alot of this book to the recent terrible events in our own country. I liked how the author showed this through the eyes of a child. And the conflicts she went through wanting to be good and follow the woman's advice for the town even when it hurt those around her.

The only thing I was disappointed about was the ending. I've read the other two books of the series and wanted to know more about how the city of Ember came into existence. The author gives us only a glimpse of this in the ending chapter. Still I found this book worth my time. If anything, it shows that war and terrorism affects children too. No matter how much we shield it from them.