There are several descriptions of both geography and weather conditions throughout the "People of Sparks".  Using descriptive passages from the book, infer where you think Sparks is located and "the city" Caspar, Lina, and Maddy travelled to for rare and much needed items.  (Keep in mind the relationship between time and distance.)   Please use an atlas or other sources to cite specific geographical locations.  You must include climate information for the locations you identify as the locations described in the book.
5/24/2011 12:02:51 am

I think the people of Sparks live in south south-east Washington state because there are grass lands there and it can get up to 105 degrease in the summer and ther are mountains close enough that fit the walking distance the people of Ember walked and some of the Cascade mountains would be big enough to fit an entire city in them. The city that Casper, Maddy and Lina travaled to could have been Seattle, Tacoma or Olimpia.

Mrs. Purple
5/24/2011 12:35:00 am

Please reference the following passages to help in your analysis of the geography and weather:

p. 173 "...she could tell right away that it was nearly evening. The air was cooler, and the sun was so low in the sky that she could no longer see it overhead."

p. 175 "...a strip of green grasses and low trees that must border the stream; at the eduge of this strip she could see Caspar and the oxen. In all directions, the landscape was the same she'd seen that morning - gently rolling, empty of buildings, covered with brown-gold grass. here and there stood low, dark green, mushroom-shaped trees. Somewhere a bird sang its going-to-bed song."

p. 193 "A tremendous view of land and water lay before her. Such immense water she had never seen - green-blue, glinting in the rays of the late sun, white ripples racing across its surface. To her right, it stretched as far as she could see, but straight ahead she could see the shore on the other side - green trees covering the ground, and hills rising beyond."

p. 193 "The bay. we go around the end of it and then north."

Jacob A. Thompson
5/25/2011 12:19:24 am

I believe the People of Sparks takes place in Central Valley in California. The rocky area where Ember was could have been the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and the river desribed in the book may have been the San Joaquin river that runs through the valley. The city that Lina, Caspar, and Maddy went to was most likely San Fransisco because it is right by the Pacific Ocean(pg. 193)and, it is on the north part of a peninsula on the west side of a bay(pg. 193). The San Fransisco area's climate is hot in the summer, and mildly cold in the winter. So, I believe the thearea in which the People of Sparks is accurately desribed as Central Valley.

Alissa LeBlanc
5/25/2011 12:49:33 am

I believe that the city of Sparks is located in the very middle of Virginia. there is a river that runs straight through it so they could get water. Also there are hills to the west of them. The Chesapeake Bay is also on the east side of Virginia and goes straight into Maryland. Also they could have been seeing the Atlantic Ocean on page 193. On the east side before the ocean it is all grassy and low leveled until farther north (page 175). The weather in Virginia during the summer is very hot during the day, but in the evening and dawn it is a bit cooler (page 173). The city could have been Washington D.C. too.

Trey Gardner
5/25/2011 12:52:31 am

I think that People of Sparks takes place in Augusta, Georgia. Its climate is hot within temperatures in the mid 70’s to around 86 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter it gets colder to at least 2 degrees Celsius. Georgia is also close to the Savannah River, just like in the book. The people from Ember might have come from the Appalachian Mountains that go pass part of Georgia’s border. This would give the people of ember the walking distance to get to sparks. Also the city Casper, Maddy, and Lina went to might have been Atlanta since it is the closets city to Augusta.

Joey Harvey
5/25/2011 11:40:36 pm

I believe the area where the town of Sparks is in the southeast area of Pennsylvania, this area in Pennsylvania is a hilly and also grassy area. The river that they use for water supply is the Hudson River also the bay they refer to would be the bay on the waters of Long Island. In The People of Sparks there is also a city they travel to which I believe to be Boston, Massachusetts.

Alex Platter
5/26/2011 12:35:03 am

I think that the people of Sparks is in Ohio becouse of the ground roads and lots of plants. The city that Caspe, Maddy, and Lina went to is in New York.

Haley Brabant
5/26/2011 12:46:26 am

I agree with David. I think that the city that Caspar traveled to was Seattle. Being that it's Seattle, Sparks would probably be somewhere in Washington.

Ashley Gervais
5/27/2011 12:50:31 am

I agree with Jacob when he says that Lina, Caspar, and Maddy all traveled to San Francisco. I think the bay in that area was the bay they were describing. I think the city of Sparks was somewhere near the Sacramento Valley. Sacramento Valley is a good spot for agriculture and a good spot for people to live.

5/31/2011 12:05:30 am

I think sparks is located in San Francisco because of how it took them 5 days to walk to the big water. Also stumbled out into the light climate, doon got up and he saw the the first sign of light in the sky,prairie and cart pulled by two oxen for 5 day journey, immense water and a big bay.

Nick Howell
6/1/2011 01:06:20 am

I agree with david because in the book the people of ember where saying that it was so hot.

6/2/2011 12:37:45 am

I agree with David, and Haley, because the book says Sparks is located somewhere warm its only very hot to Ember because they are used to more cold weather.

Nathan Webber
6/2/2011 12:47:46 am

I think that People of Sparks takes place somewhere in Washington because the temperature can get to scorching temperatures, there are large extensions of grassland, and there are large mountainous areas that come close to sounding like where the Emberites emerged.

Chris Vaught
6/2/2011 03:20:45 am

Chris Vaught
6/2/2011 03:26:16 am

I think the people of Sparks are in southern Ohio. Ohio is a hot place during the day and summer. At night and the landscape cools off and gets stormy in the winter. Ohio also has lush soil, so it is good for growing crops. Oxen are also heard to be native to eastern Ohio. The trip with Caspar and Lina going north could lead them to the southern part of Lake Michigan. Southern Ohio also has some mountains.


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