She has written three novels, six books of nonfiction, and with essays and stories.
Economics—The principles of supply and demand dictate what resources are available in the towns of Ember and Sparks. Who discovered it?
Discuss with students how the main characters acclimate to their unconventional families in the towns of Ember and Sparks. Is the community responsible for taking care of every citizen? Ember is a last refuge for the human race and Sparks is a post-disaster society starting over.
Having escaped from the underground world of Ember, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow emerge into the post-disaster village of Sparks. Why was the underground city built for?
DuPrau knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age and has tried related careers in teaching, technical writing, and editing. How would their lives be altered? Ask students to share their writing responses and discuss how they would react if they were asked to give up vital resources for strangers being added to their community.