The Prophet of Yonwood


The Prophet of Yonwood, the third book of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau

Yearling, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, 2007

This is the story of a pre-teen girl who visits Yonwood, North Carolina just after an elderly resident has had a terrifying and fiery vision of the future of the world (it all ends in a terrible “bang”). With that vision the thought of the end of the world becomes a reason for hunting down sinners who would go against the word of God and prevent Yonwood from being saved in the coming war. Mrs. Beeson takes the lead in hunting down these poor folks and misinterprets the ramblings of The Prophet as the Word of God.

Nickie lives through a couple of months of this crisis and learns to trust herself to do the right thing rather than have someone else tell her what the right thing is. The crisis is eventually alleviated, this time, and Nickie goes back to Pennsylvania with Crystal. But the events that happened during those few winter months changed her and she would remember them until the end of her life.

Main characters

  • Nickie Randolph, young girl of 12 that has 3 goals: 1. To save Greenwood (her great-grandfather’s house) from being sold; 2. To fall in love; 3. To help the world.
  • Grover Persons, a boy of 14 who becomes unlikely friends with Nickie
  • Otis, a scraggy dog Nickie keeps hidden from her aunt.

Secondary characters

  • Althea Tower, The Prophet, an elderly woman who has a terrible vision of the future.
  • Brenda Beeson, self-appointed interpreter of The Prophet.
  • Crystal, Nickie’s aunt who comes to Yonwood with Nickie to clean out and sell Greenwood.
  • Amanda Stokes, teenager who took care of Nickie’s great-grandfather, then The Prophet.

Other characters

  • Hoyt McCoy, creepy man who lives in a run-down house who tries to keep away from everybody
  • The Terrorist in the Woods, the unknown person who lives in the woods that everyone talks about, has never seen and who is afraid of.

Written as a prequel to The City of Ember and People of Sparks, there is no connection to those two books until the very last page. When the connection is finally made known, the book makes sense, although I would have preferred reading it first (but as it was written 3rd, that would have been impossible). It was a well written story and the plot lines were well conceived but it was wrapped up all too easily and I am not likely to read it again. I will keep it on our shelves for a while, but the whole set will probably not survive the next round of donation purge.


Rating: 2 paws because I just didn’t like it as well as Ember and Sparks.

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Otis. Check out Brigette's review of Jeanne DuPrau's The Prophet Of Yonwood here: Otis

 Scarlet Kingsnake/Milksnake - North Carolina. Check out Brigette's review of Jeanne DuPrau's The Prophet Of Yonwood here:

 a milksnake like Grover’s

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North Carolina mountains. Check out Brigette's review of Jeanne DuPrau's The Prophet Of Yonwood here: mountains of North Carolina  

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