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One afternoon in the mid-1990s, I found myself in Dauphine Street Books in New Orleans, staring hungrily into a vitrine containing costly literary... Continue »
Jeanne DuPrauDescribe your latest project.
My newest book is The Prophet of Yonwood, to be released on May 9, 2006. It's about the events that led up to the building of the city of Ember. Those events form the background of a story that takes place in the town of Yonwood, North Carolina, where eleven-year-old Nickie Randolph has come with her aunt to claim her great-grandfather's very old house. She finds the community in turmoil. A woman has had a terrifying vision that she can describe only in garbled words, and the townspeople are trying to interpret what she says, fearing that she's predicting the war that seems to be on the horizon. Nickie, who wants to help the troubled world, gets all tangled up in this situation and finds out that trying to do the right thing can sometimes lead to doing very much the wrong thing. Along the way, she meets some peculiar people a girl hiding in a closet, a boy who keeps snakes, and a crabby recluse with something amazing in his house.
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
What was your favorite story as a child?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tell us about your pets.