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When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and 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.
"Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story." (Booklist)
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-19-12
Margery Facklam should have co/authored.
This is for 4th graders through 8th graders. I believe that age group will really like the book, but it is not that good for adults. I believe it could have been, The writing is good, but there are large holes. I will say I liked the whole take a bath so they rats don't smell you. That is true for different cultures. My wife went to college with some Nigerians. They said that all Americans have a smell, because we eat so much meat. About half way through the story gets more interesting when they are joined by Rip Red, I liked his character. There were also some surprises I did not see coming.
I did feel she should have gotten someone like Facklam to help her write the story. This mostly takes place underground and the only animals she mentions, are people, rats, roaches, fish and spiders. Of all the animals and insects that live underground , this was all she could fit into the story.
A little girl gets sucked down a grate in a laundry room in New York City and so did a full grown man. The explanation for that did not take place until the end of the story and then it was not very good. I would like to know why a group traveling through dangerous territory did not post guards when they slept, where did the roast beef come from, where did he get cab fare and how come the kid who should be in her terrible two's is so good? I know this is meant for a young audience, but does that mean it has to be sloppy. Don't our kids deserve better.
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By Jane on 07-12-13
Transfixing: We stood still to concentrate better.
Would you listen to Gregor the Overlander again? Why?
Yes my 9 year old daughter & I are about to re-listen confident that Gregor the Overlander will be sufficiently powerful to hold the attention of 3 teens on a 4 hour car journey!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor the Overlander?
There are many memorable moments of tension & Gregor growing stronger in his self belief after each event. Escaping from the spiders was tense.
What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Paul Boehmer's 'Boots' is noteworthy as he makes the child innocent strength convincing.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Gregor the Overlander, the Underlander's Champion.
Any additional comments?
As an adult listening to a child's book, I liked the development of the main character as a reluctant hero taking on the responsibility of others out of doing best for his sister: quite normal but in abnormal surroundings.
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By Anonymous User on 06-09-17
my son's (11 & 8) often Sat in the car after getting home from school not being able to turn the story off (& I always continued listening without them after dropping them at school!)