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The Green Ember Chapter Books

Q: What happens when you combine the style of classic fantasy series like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings with a group of adventuresome sword-bearing rabbits?

A: You get The Green Ember series by S. D. Smith, of course!


What Is The Green Ember?

The Green Ember is a middle-grade adventure fantasy series filled with intense battles, selfless acts of courage and bravery, and a bold quest for truth. The protagonists—a pair of young rabbits named Heather and Picket—must face the injustice of betrayal as they struggle to solve the mystery of a missing prince and unknown heir. These sword-fighting rabbits search for answers and hope as they take on an army of villainous wolves and birds.

Book cover of Green Ember

If your children love epic adventuresand stories in which characters use their individual gifts and strengths to defeat evil forces—then The Green Ember series will make a memorable choice for both independent reading and family read-aloud time.

Sarah Mackenzie, host of The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, shared a hearty endorsement of The Green Ember. “This is the story we’ve been waiting for. When my audience wants to know our family’s favorite read-aloud, I answer without hesitation: The Green Ember.”

Although The Green Ember series has become a popular read-aloud option, you will want to be aware that the books contain action and danger that might be too intense for young or sensitive readers.

Take our free The Green Ember Series Checklist to your local library!

About the Author

S.D. Smith‘s goal is to tell “new stories with an old soul.” If you glance through the hundreds of positive reviews his books have accumulated on Amazon and Goodreads, you’ll find that he has accomplished just that. While Smith crafts stories that are stylistically reminiscent of the masters of the genre, the concept of rabbits with swords is a new and undeniably endearing approach.

The story of The Green Ember was initially inspired by the stories Smith told his children out on the front porch of the family’s West Virginia home. Fans will be pleased to learn that in addition to the three books that have already been released, Smith is currently working on at least one more volume in The Green Ember series.

About the Books

Book cover of Ember Falls

In The Green Ember, we first meet Heather and Picket who find themselves in the midst of an unexpected—and highly dangerous—adventure. A devastating separation from their family sends Heather on a search for answers and Picket on a quest for bravery and acceptance, but an unwelcome revelation causes Heather to question everything she knows about her family and her past. The identity of the unknown heir and the significance of the missing green ember lead the young rabbits on an epic journey of discovery.

Ember Falls, the much-anticipated sequel to The Green Ember, continues the tale of Heather and Picket and the newly identified Prince Jupiter. As evil forces threaten the safety of the prince and the green ember, danger lurks at every turn. And Heather and Picket still need to be reunited with their family—if they can.

The Black Star of Kingston is the prequel to The Green Ember and the first book in a new series, Tales of Old Natalia. The Black Star of Kingston steps back in time to explain the legends and backstory that led to the tumultuous series of events related in The Green Ember. Following the adventures of swashbuckling heroes Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar, The Black Star of Kingston is jam-packed with the action and heroism you will come to expect from an S.D. Smith epic adventure!

The Green Ember Series at a Glance

Book Cover of The Black Star of Kingston

Author: S.D. Smith
Genre: adventure, animals, quests, legends
Interests: family life, friendship, childhood, growing up
Suggested age range: 10 and up
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 3 books (with more to come!), ranging from 160 to 368 pages each
Follow on social media: #RabbitsWithSwords


The Green Ember Series Library Checklist

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Do your kids need extra encouragement to read?

Take our The Green Ember Series checklist to your local library and have your child check off the books as he reads them.

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Talia

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My child is very sensitive. Does anyone die in this book?

Melissa

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Yes, the rabbits are at war with other animals.

Talia

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Thanks so much. We will skip it then.

Robin E.

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Melissa,
Thank you for answering before I had a chance.

This is a wonderful adventure novel, but it does seem to be not a good fit for younger or sensitive children.

Shalyn McPherson

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Needed a new series to read soon! These would be great!

Kimberly Neumaier

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Our family LOVES this series!

Maggie Fox

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So excited to dive into this series with my 6 yo daughter…I’ve heard so much wonderful feedback!

Mary Lee

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Can’t wait to check them out!

Wendy

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We are always open to a great new book adventure!

Feli

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I am so looking first to reading this!

This series sounds awesome.

Sally

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These books are fantastic. I have recently read them with my 8, 6 and 3 year olds. Everyone, including me, loved them. I keep raving about them to everyone.

Robin E.

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Sally,
It seems everyone that has read any of the books in this series loves them and raves about them!

Wendy Novotnak

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We are currently reading aloud the Green Ember, we love it! Already read the Black Star of Kingston too! I would love to have the books, borrowed some from the library and got a kindle edition of the Green Ember.

I would love to read these books to my special needs son and my grandson. They both love animals, especially rabbits.

Tauni

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My kids (6, 9, 10) and I all enjoy these books, and are anxiously waiting for the next!!

Emily

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I just bought this for my husband!

Daniella Garcia

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I love your book recommendations! I’ll definitely check this out!

Fawna Ricketts

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All my kids ages 5 to 8 as well as myself have loved these books! And we can’t wait for the next installments for both series! We listened to them on Audible, but would love to own the books as well!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Fawna,
Thank you for letting us know the audiobooks are so well loved. I’m thinking The Green Ember will be the book we listen to on our next car trip next month!

Michelle O

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My daughter loves this series! Thank you from a mama who hasn’t had the chance to read them too. It’s good to know the details!

Amanda

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This is great. It’s all fantasy novels all the time around here, and some of them aren’t that great, so we’re always running out. Thanks for the recommendation.

E. Brown

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Sounds like a good story to check out. Animals as the heroes and villains reminds me of Brian Jacques’ Redwall books. If we don’t win we’ll be looking at the library.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, there does seem to be many similarities between The Green Ember series and Redwall series!

Angelica

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I have been wanting to get these for my kids – I think they would love them!

would love to get my hands on these books. sounds interesting

Jessica F.

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My two 6th graders read the first book in this series when I received it via Kindle for free, and they both really enjoyed it. They cannot wait to read the rest of the book series.

R G

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These look like an interesting read. Thanks for the information.

Jennifer

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We read the first book and are now on the second! Great books that we can’t get enough of!!

Steph

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I’ve read the first book, and now my boys are starting to read it.

Car

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I’m excited to read these books! I have heard good things about them.

Bridget Green

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We love this series.

Barbara

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I would love to read these books with my boys.

Beth

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Oh I would love to win these books! We LOVE. Lord of the rings, but the chronicles of Narnia are one of my favorite series! I even have a lamppost in my living room!!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Beth,
How cool is a lamppost in your home?!

laurie

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I hadn’t heard of this series before but it looks really good.

LW

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These books have been highly recommended to me!

Sherry K. Lee

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I would love to introduce this series to my daughter.

Kristy

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Sounds like a great series

Hannah Najjar

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Love this!!

Andrea

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So excited to read these!

Destiny C

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Can’t wait to incorporate these into our daily reading!!

Krista

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Love, love, love these books! Books with soul ROCK!

Tiffany Ghigliotti

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My boys and I are huge fans of the Green Ember series. I recommend it to everyone looking for a great family read aloud.

Jamie

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My three kids all love these books! I recommend them all the time!

Robin E.

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Jamie,
Thank you for letting us know your kids loved these! I’m hearing more and more that they are so well loved!

Darlene

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Meaningful, fun books! I’m so glad you are making these available 😊

Kristina

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very cool

Tiffany

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We love the Green Ember series! We are eagerly awaiting the next book!

Kathy

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Would love to win this series! It would be a great read aloud for our family!

Kelli

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Can’t wait to read these!

Lindsey

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We can’t wait to read these.

Tara Bailey

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I can’t wait to read these with my kiddos

Kristen

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I’ve been looking for quality books to collect for my kiddos. These look and sound great!

Ceitleen

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My young reader just started the Chronicles of Narnia, and he loves it! I’m sure he would love reading this series!

Kelly

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These sounds fantastic!

Meredith T.

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My daughters would love this series!

Misty

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This series looks interesting.

Gail Timmer

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I would love to win this series for myself and my grand kids. I work in a school library and kids books are the only books I read 😊 It is much easier to inspire kids to read books if you have read them yourself. I can always find a good match for the kids who can never find anything
That they like. “Well, have I got a book for you!”

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Gail,
You sound like my kind of librarian! My kids usually come to me for ideas, but I am trying to move them more and more to talk to our librarians. We found Artemis Fowl that way!

Melinda J.

says:

This series looks awesome!

Laura Stephenson

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We have read The Green Ember on Kindle, but would love to have the actual book. Reading aloud to my children has been an amazing experience for all.

Sheila C

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Sounds like a great series!

Emily Gibson

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I can’t wait to read this series with my kids!! It’s been on our wish list for a while now!

Heather

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We love this series!

Angela

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Books are a good thing.

Sandy Matus

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We love this story…we just started reading it and can’t put it down!!! Can’t wait to read the next books!!!

Robin E.

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Sandy,
“Can’t put it down” is a true test of a great book!

Ellen

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Both my kids and I really enjoyed this series! Can’t wait for another one to come out.

Ann

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Would love to read these books with my 3 children! Thank you All about learning for making our learning enjoyable!!!

Ashley

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I can’t wait to read these with my boys when they get a little older!

Wendy Thelen

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We love a great adventure story. Can’t wait to check this one out.

Sharon

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We love reading this out loud as a family. Kids are 8 and 6. The love to dress up and pretend to be Heather and Picket (or others).

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sharon,
How cute is that! I love the idea of them dressing up.

Summer Garcia

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These look really good!

Christina D Morales

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This looks like its right up our alley. This sounds exciting!

Marianne

says:

I can’t wait to read this series!

Tara

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Sounds fun- we are doing narnia now- looks intriguing

Brittney

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I think my lest would love this as a read aloud!

Erin Lange

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I cannot wait to read this series with my kids!

We started The Green Ember has a read aloud but then got side tracked by something else. I now have them as audio books so I think come fall we’ll be starting them again. They are so fun!! I love finding family friendly books with good values.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tiffany,
I know what you mean. We have a long road trip planned for later this summer, and The Green Ember will be the perfect audiobook for everyone to enjoy!

Stefani Mons

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Always on the lookout for new middle grade books that are well-written and age appropriate! Thank you for the recommendation. They are on my library list as we speak. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you enjoy them, Stefani!

Judith Martinez

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My son is enjoying the Redwall series and I think I may have him read these next.

Lori C

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I’m hoping to get started reading these after we finish our current series.

Laura

says:

These look great!

Carol

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These sound good.

Rebekah

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My six year old verymuch enjoyed the story and characters in the first book. The next two are on the wish list!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rebekah,
Thank you for letting us know your six-year-old enjoyed the first book!

Jennifer

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I have been wanting to read this with kids!!

Cayla

says:

Can’t wait to try All About Spelling

Paige

says:

Sounds great!

Corrine H

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I keep hearing about this series. We are on the middle of reading The Mysterious Benedict Society but I think this will be next on our list.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

How are you enjoying The Mysterious Benedict Society, Corrine? I hope you are enjoying it, as we recommended it a while back.

Denise

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My boys hung on every word, begging me not to stop reading! We can’t wait for the next book!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Denise,
Begging you not to stop is a great recommendation for a book!

Marcee H.

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We are always looking for more great books. Thanks for the recommendation!

Am

says:

These look great!

Katie Morgan

says:

Thanks for the review! I have two sons that I think will be interested in these!

Michelle

says:

Perfect read aloud books for my daughter!

Jess

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Looking forward to reading these with my kids! Just ordered all three!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jess,
Let us know how you like them!

Jessica

says:

These sound great. I love your book recommendations

Elizabeth Ray

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This has been on my list for a while!

Laura Hafner

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Thanks for a great review! I’m looking forward to reading this with my girls this year.

Cindy

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I think I’m going to get this for my kids!

Allison

says:

This sounds like a fun series!

A. May

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Sounds like a series my son would enjoy!

Colleen

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We love these books!

Kristen

says:

Thank you!

Kayci

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After many of our friends sharing how much they have enjoyed these, we just downloaded the first book on kindle, to read with my two boys!

Kelly

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These look awesome. I think my son would really enjoy them.

Colleen

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I was considering this for my 10 year old but didn’t know if it would be too intense. Thanks for the additional information.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Colleen,
We happy to know this review was helpful to you!

Andrea K

says:

Thank you for these recommendations. They look great for my son who loves to read.

Mickey

says:

Kids love these kind of books. Definitely going to check into them

Maria

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Shared this with my son and he’s excited to check them out the next time we’re at the library!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Woohoo! We love when children get excited about books!

Jen

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Adding this to our reading list!

Laurie

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We love, love, love the Green Ember series. Can’t wait for more!

Codi

says:

Thanks for the great recommendations! It is so helpful to find good quality stories to read with my girls:)

Jess

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We can’t WAIT to read this!!!

We also bought the audible narration to listen in the car. My kids love this series!
It’s rare to find new fiction novels that I also enjoy reading.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
Thank you for letting us know the audiobook of this was such a hit. I have a car trip planned later this summer… :D

Stephanie Gorman

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Would love to try this series.

Tiffany C

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This seems like such a fun book!

Pauline

says:

Sounds exciting!

Amanda

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We loved the whole series! Can’t wait for the next book.

Kayla Bradley

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How much fun this is for all of my children. What a blessing it would be if they could win it.

Melanie

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I’m looking forward to reading this with my children! Thanks!

Christina Olson

says:

This looks like fun! I’m adding it to my library list!

Kileah McIlvain

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These books have been such a wonderful read aloud for our family!!! LOVE them!

Cindy

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I am not familiar with these, but they look pretty good. My child is only 8, so I’m not sure he’s ready for them yet.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cindy,
The Green Ember is rich in description and language so it may be a bit much for some 8-year-olds to listen to, especially if he is not accustomed to harder read alouds. Most 8-year-olds would not be up to reading this book independently. You could also try it for a couple of chapters and then put it away if it doesn’t go over well.

Erika

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HI! I’m in Australia…where can I buy a hard copy of this series? Thanks

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Erika,
Apparently, fishpond.com.au has it available.

J

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We love this series!!! My place beside you, my blood for yours till the green ember rises or the end of the world!!

Jenny C

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I so appreciate these recommendations! Now that my boys are actually reading on their own – willingly! – I welcome feedback like this from a trusted source. Thanks AALP!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jenny,
I love that your boys are willingly reading these books on their own! That is a great recommendation!

Jessi

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My whole family loves The Green Ember series!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know your entire family has enjoyed this series, Jessi!

Cinthya

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I have never heard of this series before but am very interested. Will be doing more research

Our family LOVES this series and can’t wait for the next book.

Melissa Q

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What a great series! This would be a definite hit at reading time in our house!

This series seems pretty interesting l downloaded the Library list and will be checking for the books.

Brittany M

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Ohh this series sounds great for my little man! We will defiantly have to check if our library has them.

Naomi Watson

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These books look amazing! I believe good books are a great tool to help encourage the love of reading.

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