This was probably my favorite book that our class read in 3rd grade. Part of that was because I hadn't read it before, but other things contributed, too. As #77 on the Top 100 list, The City of Ember is a book that all kids should read. I loved how I could track Lina and Doon on the map in the front (I have to love a book that includes a map in the front) while they journeyed through Ember on their quest to save the city. The City of Ember was the first science fiction book that I enjoyed, and I think this is a great book to get kids interested in the genre.