The Prophet of Yonwood
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.
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The author of this novel, Jeanne DuPrau, is an American writer. You are reading the third book in a four book series. While all four books are connected, you do not have to read the first two to understand this novel. To learn more about Jeanne and her books you can visit her website. (This annotation contains a link)
Why is everyone calling Althea the "Prophet"?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of prevail. Which word below is a synonym for prevail?
Do you ever set goals for yourself? Do you think Nickie will accomplish hers?
How do Nickie and Crystal's opinion of the house differ?
The author is giving you descriptions of the house and each room. She does this so you can visualize the home. Watch this video to review visualizing. (This annotation contains a video)
Which line from the text does the author use to help you visualize the girl?
The author purposefully left the space below this line. The space indicates time has passed in the story.
Why is Nickie questioning Crystal about dogs?
Comparing the bed's posts to soldiers is an example of a simile. Similes are a type of figurative language where two things are compared using "like" or "as." Look for other similes as you read.
Which of the goals do you think is the hardest to achieve? Why?
The world circumstances are causing a small incident to become something big.
Why are the adults trying to make a letter out of the stain?
Martin has a very strong reaction when Grover tries to talk badly about Mrs. Beeson.
How is Yonwood similar to Philadelphia?
When an author writes a story, she does it with a certain purpose in mind. This video reviews different authors' purposes. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the author's purpose for writing this novel?
"National Geographic" is a popular magazine. It contains articles and photographs, like the one below, on geography, history, and world cultures. (This annotation contains an image)
Nickie thinks Mrs. Beeson's jaunty ponytail is _______.
Amanda is very excited about the idea of helping Althea.
Explain what Mrs. Beeson means when she says, "Even one can ruin everything, just the way one moldy strawberry in a basket can mess up all the rest."
Do you agree that giving something up might strengthen devotion?
Why does Nickie want to meet the Prophet?
The author put the postcard message in smaller, italics font to make it stand out from the rest of the story.
What conclusion can you draw about Hoyt McCoy?
Hoyt is the first townsperson who has outwardly disagreed with the Prophet and Mrs. Beeson.
What do both of Grover's parents think about the man in the woods?
Do you think Grover will risk returning to Hoyt's yard for his notebook?
What is Grover's biggest danger in returning home?
Crystal already has workers in the house getting things done. This tells you that Crystal is an organized person who is determined. These words describe Crystal's character. Watch this video to learn more about character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
While getting Amanda's things, Nickie is still thinking about the goals she has set for herself. What does this tell you about Nickie's character?
Mrs. Beeson and her committee members seem to have many rules in regards to the Prophet.
What is the buzz in the air that Nickie hears?
The townspeople are very trusting of the Prophet. They feel safe because of her words.
Why is this photograph included in the story?
Nickie seems to agree with Mrs. Beeson's ideas of ridding Yonwood of all the wrongness.
Read this article on Chang and Eng Bunker. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on what you read in this novel and the article, write an informational paragraph about Chang and Eng Bunker. Be sure to include information from both texts in your response.
Quiz for Section One
Nickie and Crystal have different viewpoints on how the nursery should be used.
The word uninviting contains the prefix un-. How does the prefix change the meaning of the base word?
Nickie is looking for ways she can make the world better. That is one of her goals.
Nickie has stumbled upon _____ house.
Shriek and wail are synonyms. Can you find other synonyms on this page?
What steps does Grover take to become a snake expert?
This chapter is told through Grover's viewpoint, so he does not know who was hiding behind the shed. Since the previous chapter was told in Nickie's viewpoint, you know that the person hiding is Nickie.
Why are some people wearing a blue tower pin?
Figurative language is often used by authors to create vivid pictures in your mind. This video reviews common figurative language terms. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Mrs. Beeson mean when she says she has a "spine of steel"?
Jeanne DuPrau is writing some words in italics, or slanted letters, so that you will read them with more expression.
Based on the title, write three predictions for the action this chapter.
Did you predict Grover was in the basement?
Why does the author write "mean" and "evil" in italics?
While Nickie does not think she could fall in love with Grover, maybe she could just be friends with him.
How are Grover and Nickie similar?
Nickie is reluctant to share her knowledge about the Prophet. She is afraid her aunt will make her stay indoors when she is alone.
Why does it make sense that the woods is Grover's "second home"?
A certain series of events has led Grover to this spot by the stream. Paying attention to the sequence of events in a story will help your comprehension. This video explains how. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following events happens first?
Sharing is part of a friendship. Grover telling Nickie about his money earning ideas lets you know a friendship is forming.
Which sentence below uses glimpse the same way it is used on this page?
Do you think watching a snake eat is weird or part of nature?
"Hoyt McCoy's Horrible House" is an example of
Sometimes you are asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. This video review summary writing. (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of chapter seventeen.
Will Grover be surprised when he finds out the prowler is Nickie? Or will he be mad?
When Mrs. Beeson's "eyes narrow and forehead furrows," she is
Do you think Hoyt is going to tell Grover about the beam of light?
Why is Grover having difficulty getting to sleep?
Remember, one of Nickie's goals is to fall in love.
To whom is Mrs. Beeson delivering notices?
Nickie is looking into the rain, hoping for answers. (This annotation contains an image)
Which definition below matches how draw in used on this page?
The dinner that Nickie had hoped for with just her aunt turned out differently. The adults barely include her in the conversations.
Why is Grover opposed to getting a bracelet?
All stories are written in a certain point of view. Watch this video and see if you can determine from which point of view this story is told. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two
Nickie is deeply troubled by the concept of good versus evil.
Why does Grover get a bracelet?
A universe is the sum of everything in the cosmos. How could that be indoors? Read on to find out.
Why is Nickie on Hoyt's property?
Do you remember when Grover saw Hoyt's house glow with a bluish light? This is what Nickie is seeing.
Instead of just leaving a space, the author puts three black birds. Where have three black birds been mentioned in the story?
Stained glass windows are traditionally found in churches. (This annotation contains an image)
How has the tone of Mrs. Beeson's speech changed?
Nickie is feeling very conflicted. Characters in novels often deal with conflicts, and this video explains the different types. (This annotation contains a video)
Now that Grover has a bracelet, what conflict is he struggling with?
Do you ever go to a quiet place to think or be alone? (This annotation contains an image)
What events have led to Grover needing to sleep in the woods for the evening?
Polar bears are known to be white but some other bears can be white as well, like this grizzly. (This annotation contains an image)
From whom is Nickie hiding Otis?
Grover and Nickie both find peace and serenity in the woods. Do you think the two kids will meet up?
Which word is an antonym for shrill?
Grover is making sense of Mrs. Beeson's nonsense.
Why is the church named "Church of the Fiery Vision"?
At times you are asked to prove an answer using evidence from the text. This video explains how to do this. (This annotation contains a video)
How has Amanda changed from the beginning of the story until now? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Remember, Nickie has not told Crystal about Otis or Amanda until now.
How is the setting of the story effecting the events?
Do you agree that the drivers dumped the dogs already?
Do you think going home will solve Nickie's problems?
Do you think the dates are a coincidence or do they mean something?
Why does "the nothingness seem to upset everyone"?
What idea does Nickie have that is making her feel good?
Compare and contrast the photograph with the scene Nickie describes.
Look at the photograph of mountains in wintertime to answer the question. (This annotation contains an image)
While Nickie has changed in the course of this novel, she is still interested in endless, strange surprises.
How is Amanda looking if she is looking imploringly?
Theme is the underlying message in the story. This video explains how to determine the theme of a novel. (This annotation contains a video)
What theme is emerging in this novel?
Do you think the Prophet is choosing to ignore Nickie? Or do you think she is unable to respond?
What change is there in the Prophet?
The change in Althea came when Nickie visits her. Nickie also opened the window. Both events may have contributed to Althea's awakening.
Compare The Cloud to this novel. Be sure to include evidence from both stories in your response.
On the website below, chose the story "The Cloud." As you read it, think about how it connects to this novel. (This annotation contains a link)
People have not seen Althea in a very long time. They have listened and followed her vision, but have not seen her physically.
Which context clues help you determine the meaning of vacillating?
One of Nickie's goals was to fall in love. Do you think a dog counts?
What Happened Afterward
Why does the author include this chapter What Happened Afterward?
Every story is written in a certain format called genre. This video reviews common genres. Which genre is this novel? (This annotation contains a video)
What genre is this novel?
Quiz for Section Three