Underlander not Over-rated

To me, there’s nothing more entertaining than a good book. And one of the things I love about summer is that I can lie out on the sundeck (beach, pool, camper…) and read. Another great thing about summer is that I have more time to read since (in theory at least) I have my summers off.

The rest of the year can be challenging because I hate putting a good book down. Nowadays, things (like feeding my family) can get a bit delayed if I’m not disciplined. When my boys were younger it was okay to spend the odd day reading. If the house was a bit messy or dinner a little late all was forgiven because I’d been reading with the kids.During these good ol’ days one of Will and my favourite book series was The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins (author of the hugely successful Hunger Games trilogy, which we’ve both also devoured).

Will and I read the first book, Gregor the Overlander, together five or six years ago when Will was in grade two and we loved it. We quickly went through all five books, both of us looking forward to our reading time together each night (and anytime we could steal a few moments to read together during the day).

The story takes place in an underground land of giant cockroaches, fly-able bats, violet-eyed humans and human-sized rats located beneath New York City.

The story’s hero is eleven-year-old Gregor and its heart is two-year-old Boots. Together they stumble upon a “passageway” to this strange land and that’s when the adventures begin.

As the plot develops so do the characters as they take the reader on a noble quest involving courage, sacrifice, friendships, loyalties and sheer tenacity. I love that this book is smart, funny and adventurous. Above all, I love that it is well written!

But don’t take my word for it, check out some of the reviews for this critically acclaimed novel, winner of the 2003 Kirkus Reviews Editors Choice, and listed on the New York Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list. Then go to your own library (or bookstore etc.), sign out a copy and enjoy it with your pre-teen.

Then check out the following scholastic website link for trivia, online games, and a Q & A with Suzanne Collins. 🙂 The Underland Chronicles

~ Trina

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