Gregor the Overlander (Book #1 of the Underland Chronicles)

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Children's, Reviews
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Author: Suzanne Collins

Paperback, 308 pages

Published in 2003 by Scholastic Inc.

Reader Category: Targeted to the younger reader, use judgement

AR Book Level: 4.8

From the Publisher:  When eleven-year old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city.  There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats – but the fragile peace is about to fall apart.

Gregor wants no part of a conflict between these creepy creatures.  He just wants to find his way home.  But when he discovers that a strange prophecy foretells a role for him in the Underland’s uncertain future, he realized it might be the only way to solve the biggest myster of his life.  Little does he know his quest will change him and the Underland forever.

My Review:  The Underland Chronicles is a phenomenal series that can be enjoyed by all ages.  I instantly fell in love with Boots, Gregor’s delightfully funny two-year old sister.  She adds much needed levity to a series of dangerous and often deadly prophecies that Gregor is compelled to fulfill.  This first book is a treasure that I have read more than once.  In fact I have read the whole series more than once!

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