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Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles) (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles)
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (2003)

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This action-packed story follows the adventures of Gregor, an eleven year old boy, who falls with his sister into another world, the "Underworld". This is a land of massive cockroaches, rats, spiders, and bats who live along side humans who are similar yet very different from the humans in the "Overland". Gregor finds himself wrapped up in a quest as the "warrior from the prophecy" to save his father from the rats and bring peace once again to the human kingdom, "Regalia", that is coming under attack by the powerful rats. Through his brave and selfless actions, Gregor becomes the fierce and courageous warrior that the prophecy foretells, learning many important lessons of friendship and loyalty along the way.

This is a wonderful book to have in a classroom! Because it is so fast paced, taking the reader from cliff hanger to cliff hanger, students will be pulled into the story and have a hard time stopping! With a lexical level at 630L (According to Scholastic), this book is appropriate starting in fourth grade but can be enjoyed by all readers. The author writes with strong, descriptive language which makes this book as enriching as it is exciting.

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This book has not yet received any official awards. However, it is listed as one of New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing and has received many high ratings from various organizations.

APA Citation:
Collins, S. (2003). Gregor the Overlander. New York: Scholastic. ( )
  BrittaSchlect | Nov 27, 2016 |
Collins, S. (2004). Gregor the Overlander. New York, New York: Scholastic Inc.

In the first book of this series, Gregor gets sucked into the Underland through his laundry room with his little 2-year-old sister Boots. Gregor and Boots meet many creatures of the Underland, cockroaches, bats, and Underlanders. The Underlanders tell Gregor that Overlanders are not safe there, and they hold him for his own safety. The Underlanders are at war with the rats who are terrifying and deadly. Gregor is sent on a quest amid the battles as he tries to find his way safely home.

I would use this book as a read aloud to discuss the hero’s journey. The character in this book is 11, so many students may feel like they can identify with him. The book is fantastical and can easily draw student engagement and interest. ( )
  jangelique | Nov 20, 2016 |
Summary: Gregor, an Eleven year-old boy follows his little sister into a laundry chute. He ends up deep underneath New York City where there are giant creatures like bats, spiders, rats, cockroaches where other humans also live.
Personal reaction: I thought this book was really interesting
Classroom extension ideas: Read the book with them
leave off at cliffhangers and have them guess what will happen next if they have not read the book yet.
  TimmyC91 | Oct 27, 2016 |
Great book for older elementary kids.
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  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
Reading for the group 'great middle-grade reads.' So far the world-building is interesting enough, but to me it seems like just another MG adventure into a fantastic hidden world, nothing to make it stand out from all the rest. Well, maybe the baby sister, Boots, has enough charm to help me finish.
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Ok, done. Yup, that's about it. It got a little richer, more complex, as the quest became more intense, but not a lot. I might have more to say after the discussion, but probably not. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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Boehmer, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
To, VivienneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gregor had pressed his forehead against the screen for so long, he could feel a pattern of tiny checks above his eyebrows.
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He could never hate people very long because he always ended up finding out something sad about them that he had to factor in. [p. 146]
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439678137, Paperback)

This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny -- and find his father -- in a strange world beneath New York City.


When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it -- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:32 -0400)

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When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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