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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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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.
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 |
The first book in the Underland Series. Read for a kids book group. The book has a great pace and is patterned after Alice in Wonderland but with an urban setting. New York to be exact. Instead of falling down a rabbit hole and landing at a tea party. Gregor and his sister "Boots" get sucked into an air grate in the basement laundry room of their apartment building and down into a cave like world. Their first encounter is with 4 foot cockroaches. The roaches take them to the Underlanders because they both are part of the prophecy. Gregor wants nothing to do with a prophecy until he finds out his dad may be here, he has not seen his dad in years. He just disappeared one day. I did read and listen to the audio. The audio version is okay but the story itself moves well not to scary for the little ones. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
I didn't get very excited about the plot, nor very interested in the characters, though I enjoyed the premise. ( )
  LaPhenix | Mar 16, 2016 |
When Gregor's 2-year-old sister falls through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, Gregor is hurtled into an adventure and the center of a mysterious prophecy that has more to do with him than he could have ever imagined. The Underland is full of giant bats, rats, roaches, and strange humans called Underlanders. At first, all Gregor wants to do is get Boots back home, but it's a long way and the Underland is filled with danger. When Gregor discovers that his long lost father may be alive and imprisoned by rats, he and Boots undertake a quest to rescue him...and to do much, much more.

Fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy reading Suzanne Collins's first series and will likely see a lot of similarities between Katniss and Gregor. The high level of adventure and the mysterious prophecy will keep kids turning pages. I recommend this to kids grades 4-8. -EC ( )
  WhitneyYPL | Feb 9, 2016 |
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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.
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.

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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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