Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gregor the Overlander

Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles: Book One) Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Book 57 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Award: Parent's Guide Book Award/Honor Book

Part of a Series: Book 1 of 5 (Underland Chronicles)

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first of five books in a middle grade fantasy series from Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins. I got the first three books in this series on the super cheap from the Scholastic Warehouse Sale and I'm excited to read them all and pass them along to my kids.

Gregor is an 11 year old living in an apartment in NYC with his mom, grandma and sisters. His dad had disappeared two years previously and Gregor was feeling a little upset that he had to spend the summer watching his two year old sister, Boots, while his mom worked. While changing the laundry in the basement, Boots falls down a vent and Gregor falls down after her. They find themselves in the Underland--a world of humans, and abnormally large rats, roaches, and spiders where they must embark on a quest.

Slightly reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time, I think this book will be loved by both girls and boys. There is action and adventure, with a nice balance of sentiment. I loved how Gregor took responsibility for Boots. And Boots herself was so true to life of my own two year old girl, I couldn't help but be in love with her. This is a very enjoyable tale that will have great appeal for those looking beyond Harry Potter. Recommended for ages 8+.

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1 comment:

Charley said...

I've been curious about this series, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. The name Boots is so cute.