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Gregor the Overlander

on March 6, 2013

JF Collins    •    AR Reading Level: 4.8    •    AR Points: 8.0    •    Quiz #71754

Jacket.aspxOne hot summer day, while doing laundry and babysitting his little sister Boots, eleven-year-old Gregor and two-year-old Boots fall through a hole in the laundry room.  They fall and fall and fall for a very long time, and when they land, they find themselves in a strange new world surrounded by four-foot tall cockroaches.  The cockroaches take Gregor and Boots to Queen Luxa, the queen of the human underlanders, and sell them for five baskets of grain.

Desperate to get home, Gregor takes Boots and tries to flee from his new captors only to be found by giant rats bent on devouring the two overlanders.  Gregor and Boots are rescued, but the death of the rats that captured him sparks a war between the humans and the rats and sets into motion an ancient prophecy that may spell doom for all of the underlanders!

Gregor the Overlander was written by Suzanne Collins, author of the hugely popular Hunger Games trilogy. In Gregor the Overlander, first of the Underland Chronicles, Collins has used the fantasy genre to create an exciting, page-turning adventure that is every bit as gripping as her science fiction phenomenon, The Hunger Games. The Underland is an expansive new world filled with compelling, complex characters and fascinating creatures that are both familiar and utterly bizarre (like giant spiders who weave cloth for the humans).  This book is a great read and highly recommended to any fan of fantasy, or any reader who has enjoyed The Hunger Games, The City of Ember, or Tunnels.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Collins, S. (2003).  Gregor the Overlander.  New York, NY : Scholastic Press.

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