Playing It Cool

Playing It Cool

Book - 2006
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It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly. . . .
As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman's mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town--her great-grandfather's peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes--all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?
In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375975264
0375975268
9780375936418
0375936416
9780375836411
0375836411
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 22 cm.

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Kenaia
Nov 03, 2010

'Playing It Cool' was an interesting read about a boy who spends his life in a web of deals and favors. This works for him until he meets a man named Dromio, who proceeds to turn his life upside-down. The descriptions in this book were marvelous- you could see every little detail of the characters' lives.

The writing was a little choppy at times, so you might want to find a time to read this when you can focus. It is, overall, a read I'd recommend for people looking for a light summer-y read with a little more meaning than most.

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