Book report plot summary


This is a guide only. It is not meant to write the report for you. It gives you a format or template for writing your own report.

The original draft was developed by a teacher friend of mine to use with her own students. I have made a few additional enhancements which I believe make the model more clear and complete.

A note of caution here. Your instructor may have another book report format that he/she prefers. So, make sure they approve of this format before using it.


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The City of Ember was praised for its setting and main characters, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. Kirkus Reviews praised the characters finding them "likable" for their courage, but also for their flaws of human pride. The reviewer noted how "their weaknesses often complementing each other in interesting ways". [3] Sally Estes from Booklist commented how readers would be able to connect to Lina and Doon's courage amidst the conflicts. [4] Robert Sutton from Horn Book Magazine compared the novel to Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry , noting how "the darkness of Ember is essentially literal" with the generator failing and running out of power, leading to frequent blackouts. Sutton noted how DuPrau does not explain the history of Ember all at once, which would confuse and overwhelm the reader and instead, "allows the events of the story to convey the necessary information". Lina and Doon were described as "good sorts" that are "deeply etched". [5] Dian Roback from Publishers Weekly also praised the "full blooded characters" as every bit as good as the plot which would hook readers until the end. [6] Although Jones Johns from School Library Journal wrote that the setting was not as ingenious as the ones in Joan Aiken 's Is and Lois Lowry's The Giver , he said that the characters and pace of the plot would keep readers hooked. [7]

Book report plot summary

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