The City of Ember
by Jeanne DuPrau
Random House, 2003. Fiction. 270 p.
Lina lives in a world where the only light comes from street and house lamps, and most of the food comes from cans. It is the only world she has ever known, so she doesn't recognize the importance of small changes in her city. Light bulbs go out and aren't replaced, and some kinds of food are no longer available at the stores. With the help of a friend, a boy named Doon, she begins to realize that her city is in danger of running out of everything. She and Doon decide they need to solve an ancient mystery to save themselves and their community. This is an exciting science fiction adventure with surprising philosophical depth.
By Lois Lowry
Laurel Leaf, 1993. Fiction. 193 p.
Jonas has grown up in a great society. There is no crime, no sickness, no poverty. Jonas is happy and satisfied in his caring family unit, until he becomes the Receiver. Suddenly he learns that the world is much bigger than he had supposed. He learns that it contains more beauty and danger than he could have imagined, and that some of the danger is right beneath his own roof. With the help of the old and wise Giver, he must decide whether the joy his world is missing is worth the darkness and pain that comes with it. Winner of the Newbery medal in 1994, this classic dystopian adventure is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago.