Dear Jeanne Duprau,
Your book City of Ember really changed my picture of the world. I love how your book takes place in a city with pretty much nothing compared to what we have. There they are struggling to survive when it comes to food, electricity and sometimes even water.
This book grabbed me like the monster from under my bed; I annoyed my twin sister so much because I would be reading when she wanted me to help her with her chores or play a game with her. What kept me reading was the mystery of how they were and if they were going to make it to the real world.
Your main character Lina is also very kind hearted. I know this because of how she reacted to her grandma being sick and dying. Just like Lina I have had someone in my family die, so I know how she feels and how it is hard to let go. When I was five or six my little sister Cassie was born. She died an hour or two after she was born. Right before Lina's grandma went to sleep she said "'I had a dream about my baby, and another baby."' That made me think of my little sister Cassie and how Lina also lost her mom when she was young that is another thing in common, she lost her mom, and I lost Cassie.
At the end of the book I noticed how some of the smallest things are amazing. I noticed that the light in the sky is more than amazing. Also how many things are taken for granted but are really quite cool. What really got me to notice how much we take for granted is when Lina's neighbor was singing rack-a-bye baby and Lina asked what a tree was. I also noticed it when an applesauce can rolled by some little kids and they wondered what applesauce was.
Your book made me notice how amazing some things are; like electricity or cars or any other motorized vehicle. Your book also made me realize how lucky we are to live here in the USA. Here we have many jobs, we have respectful people, we have good leaders, and good farm land. I heard that a lot of places that don't have as good of farm land as us, their ground is just rock.