The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3)



Don't look for much Ember here. But OK for tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A boy lies to play hooky.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some teens smoke.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's little to be concerned about here, but lots to think and talk about.

What's the story?

The world is staggering toward war once again. The President has issued an ultimatum to the Phalanx Nations, there are bombings and other terrorist acts, and people live in fear as they prepare for the worst.

Nickie is sick of it all, so she gladly jumps at the opportunity to travel to Yonwood, North Carolina, with her aunt to ready their ancestral home for sale. Nickie, however, has other plans -- she hopes to convince her family to keep the home and move there, away from the city and the war.

But the war has come to Yonwood too, as an old woman has visions of destruction, and her friend, Mrs. Beeson, interprets these visions as commands from God to insulate the town with goodness. Nickie wants to change the world, and helping Mrs. Beeson root out wrongness in the town seems the way to do it.

Is it any good?


Fans of the Ember series may be in for a disappointment. Despite saying "The Third Book of Ember" on the cover, this book has absolutely nothing to do with Ember until the very last, tacked-on chapter connects some of the characters with Ember some 50 years after the conclusion of the story.

Ignoring Ember, though, and taking the book on its own terms, this is a fascinating allegory with much to say to 21st-century children growing up in a world filled with terrorism and religious fanaticism. As in the previous book in this series, The People of Sparks, the ways in which fear can lead essentially well-meaning people down the road to totalitarianism, intolerance, and acquiescence to evil are made clear. Less believable are the events in the larger world, especially the mystifying hints around what causes the country to pull back from the brink.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about war and its relationship to religion. How can misunderstanding and differences in belief lead to fighting? Could someone like Mrs. Beeson really gain power this way?

Book details

Author:Jeanne DuPrau
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:May 29, 2006
Number of pages:289
Publisher's recommended age(s):10 - 14
Read aloud:9
Read alone:10

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGUY3457786 October 9, 2010


What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written May 22, 2010

(Very) Slow pace

Was okay as a teen, younger children who enjoyed the first two books will definitely find it boring as the pace is excruciatingly slow at times, and has absolutely nothing to do with the overall story. I would suggest reading the next book in the series immediately after reading the Prophet of Yonwood or else the next book will not make much sense and will be left with a feeling that reading Prophet was a waste of time.
Teen, 14 years old Written byreviewer95 October 29, 2009

Great way to explain what happens before book one!

this may not have much to do with the other books but it does help explain how the city of ember was started. I wish this were the first book


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