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Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles #1)

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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. Th
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Scholastic (first published 2003)
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Mark Soone I loved it, almost (perhaps as much) as much as The Hunger Games. Having worked with several of my own children as well as middle school book clubs, I…moreI loved it, almost (perhaps as much) as much as The Hunger Games. Having worked with several of my own children as well as middle school book clubs, I would say that enjoyment of the two does not always measure up. 1 son loved Gregor and detested the Hunger Games The other son just the opposite. I have encountered that type of review from several tweens in their response. So while it is possible to enjoy both, I would say it is just as likely not to enjoy them both. Different genres, age etc....just the author is the same.(less)
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I recently went solo dining with the 2nd book in the series and sat down at a counter, speeding through the large font and well-spaced text. The restaurant started to fill up and another solo diner sat down next to me. I glanced over at his magazine and saw that it was a scientific journal open to an article about the brain. I casually angled the cover of my Scholastic-published book away from his view and kept reading, very self-conscious of the approximately 18 grades of school between our rea ...more
so this is how superweak my life is: on friday i rushed home from work in the rain to get some homework done. whee... but then i ended up writing that wuthering heights review, inspired by the rain and the clouds etc. and i did some work, but not a ton. and i thought to myself, what do i really want to be doing? and the answer was - put on my pajamas, eat peanut butter pretzels and read unchallenging children's books. so i did. and you can all suck it, with your parties and balls and galas. 'cuz ...more
When Gregor falls after his little sister down the laundry shoot he finds himself in a new land. He is faced with deciding where to place his loyalties, how to survive and given the opportunity to search for his father who unaccountably disappeared 2 years ago.

This book has ruined my entire day! I have laundry to fold, dinner to cook, breakfast to eat, 3 papers to write and lesson plans to develop. Instead, I've spent my morning snuggled under a down quilt devouring Gregor the Overlander. As so
Apr 28, 2009 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: School Teachers and Librarians
The covers of the Underland Chronicles do them no end of disservice. Since my policy is to judge a book by its cover, it took reading The Hunger Games to convince me to pick them up. I had always assumed they would be machine generated chapter books with mythical creatures protecting or seeking some ring or sword, or who knows what, that has some symbolic meaning - or doesn't. Suzanne Collins, however, is in no way machine-generated. She is Dostoyevski for the young-reader crowd. While she uses ...more
With a few exceptions, I am not typically a big fan of science fiction/fantasy, nor of bugs and rats and dark places. Had I not read and loved The Hunger Games, I never would have even considered reading this book. And I would have most certainly been missing out.

This is Suzanne Collin's first novel, and it is quite a first novel. Gregor the Overlander centers around an eleven-year-old boy and his little sister who fall through a grate in the laundry room of their apartment complex. After being
Dec 03, 2013 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: spiders and roaches and rats, oh my!
Recommended to Kay by: just don't fall down any holes in the laundry room
So, my workplace and a few other firms are a part of this program where we got to a local elementary school to read to kids. I was paired up with a fifth grader who loved to read as much as I did. She blew through Breadcrumbs, which was amazing, and we had just started on Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1) when school was dismissed for summer vacation. Me being my usual ADHD self, I left this book unread for months and months while I pursued other books.Now, after reading the enti ...more
I actually got all teary-eyed over the death of an insect. Can you believe it?

A great book, I'm glad I gave it a try although I wasn't sure at the beginning if it would be too young for my taste. Collins has created a fascinating world with the Underland and the book is full of amazing characters (insects and rodents included!).

On to book two!
Even though this book has nothing really to do with Kafka, I can't get it out of my head that somewhere in this series is some of the weird Jew from Prague. The cover looks sort of Prague like. There is a main character named Gregor, and there are giant fucking cockroaches in it (must I swear in every children's review I write?).

There has been no real Kafka in the book though. There are some Daddy issues but Kafka doesn't hold the patent on that. Besides looking for Kafka though, I found this f
Sep 07, 2007 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who
Oh, dear! I've read another children's book, haven't I? Well, if I may be so bold, I liked it a lot more than some of the so-called classics. (I'm so immature, but at least I enjoy myself!)

Though I've never really been one for the 'guy gets sucked into another world' kind of genre, this one put a spin on my thoughts. I've not enjoyed a book so much since... well, a long time. It keeps you in such connection with the characters, despite their being fictional. I especially enjoyed how, as the read

Before Suzanne Collins became megafamous from writing about The Hunger Games she wrote a wonderful series of children's books called the Underland Chronicles. These were books that I read as a child and very much enjoyed because of the fascinating fantasy world and ideas. I've always liked the idea of world beyond our own fingers or underneath our feet and that is what Collins decided to tackle in these novels.

The basic premise behind this first book is that of Gregor who stumbles down a laundr
Already an immensely huge fan of Collins, outstanding series The Huger Games, I just had to see what her other books were like.

Now, I've never been particular pleased with rats and cockroaches to begin with, so having to read about life-sized ones was pretty dame creepy let me tell ya, but never the less, the underground world is fantastically imaginative and unique.
I really enjoyed all the characters, Gregor is a heart felt kid and wonderfully good humored and Boots was to precious for words.

Dec 17, 2010 AH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young readers (especially boys) 9 to 12
Brought to you by Suzanne Collins – yes – the same Suzanne Collins that wrote The Hunger Games, Gregor the Overlander is a fun and entertaining read. Geared towards younger audiences, the Gregor books are a kind of Alice in Wonderland for boys.

Eleven year old Gregor is stuck babysitting his baby sister Boots. They are in the basement of their apartment building where Gregor is doing their laundry when Boots disappears into an air duct. Gregor follows Boots and falls into another world. They end
I loved everything about this middle-grade children's book. It is actually Suzanne Collins' very first novel, pre-Hunger Games. It shares a lot with her more famous trilogy. Fast pacing. An ordinary kid forced by extraordinary circumstances into becoming a leader, a hero. Good good guys and bad bad guys. I already mentioned fast pacing. Gregor, an eleven year old boy and his two year old sister Boots get sucked from the laundry room in their NYC apt building into The Underland. The Underland has ...more
Apr 04, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10+
Once again I have to say, I'm not big into fantasy, but I fell hard with Boots and Gregor! I finished listening to this one on audio and immediately sought out its sequel Prophecy of Bane; I finished that one and grabbed Curse of the Warmbloods. Now I'm ready for Marks of Secret - but it's not available at my library in audio. I may just have to grab the book and read it myself because I've now seen teasers for Gregor and the Code of Claw (May, 2008).
Gregor is a good one to recommend to readers
My 10-yr old son moped around for days after he finished this series because he was so bummed there were no more books left to read. I decided I needed to see for myself what all the fuss was about, and I was also intrigued to see Suzanne Collins' work prior to The Hunger Games. I wasn't disappointed! It is geared towards a younger crowd than Hunger Games, but was still enjoyable for me as an adult. What I really loved is that it has at its core a functional family. Gregor is the hero, but he st ...more
May 08, 2014 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
I was skeptical about this one when I first heard about it. A sympathetic cockroach? Right! Well, I'm a sucker. I cried for it. 03

I just had a blast reading it to my son. Though he had to read the two pages where the cockroach died, because I cried again. He thought Boots was awesome. 09

Re-reading for my Children's Book Club. They seemed taken with the idea of a book that made me cry for a cockroach. Finding some good discussion points. Wondering about activities.

"Gregor nodded. He could never h
Oct 05, 2008 Q-man rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: age 8 and up
too young for me, but good.
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Eleven year old Gregor lives with his mom, older sister, younger sister, and their grandma. His father disappeared some two years, seven months prior, and ever since Gregor has not allowed himself to think about the future.

But things take a turn when Boots (the younger sister at two years old) finds an air vent in the laundry room. When she crawls in, Gregor must dive after her, and they quickly find themselves falling down an unmeasurable depth.

They land in a complete world under ground, yes, t
Mur Lafferty
I loved this book. I listened to it because I was a fan of Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy, but now I'm going to listen again with my 8 year old. Excellent characters, gorgeous underground world, and fantastic adventure that's appropriate for kids. There is violence and death, but they were on acceptable levels. Just picked up the second book via Emusic.
An Odd1
Apparently an updated Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole, this story makes as much sense. The strange setting, formal customs, and odd giant talking animals are priorities. At first, diapers and toilets are described in detail, then functions forgotten but for limited food supplies. Might make a better cartoon than novel.

Gregor 11 falls after Boots aka Margaret 2, down their apartment laundry room grate, to the Underland, where giant roaches sell them to Regalia princess Luxa and her grandfather a
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My interest in the book: Hello! It’s a reimagination of Alice in Wonderland! If you don’t yet know, I’m a major lover of Alice and I usually enjoy a new spin on the tale.

My Synopsis: Meet Gregor, an eleven year-old boy who lives in the heart of NYC with his toddler-aged sister, Margaret – aka Boots - his 7 year-old sister, Lizze, his mother and his grandmother. Gregor’s father disappeared a few years ago, and the fam
This review is for the entire Underland Chronicles series.

So, firstly, I want to say that my favourite thing about these books, and all of Suzanne Collin’s writing, is that she writes for and about children as if they are capable and intelligent people. Even the two year old in the books is treated as a character with depth and growth and understanding. The scene in the fourth book, where Gregor finally realizes he has to explain death to his youngest sister is tragic and beautiful.

The world the
Feb 05, 2011 Alicia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Narnia or Harry Potter fans who are still too young to tackle Lord of the Rings
Suzanne Collins certainly is versatile! Here she writes for an elementary male audience as adeptly and slyly as she writes for an older teen audience in The Hunger Games. This is an adorable, fun story about family and courage. It follows the trajectory of a traditional fantasy epic, complete with a through-the-wardrobe-esque portal that sends youngsters stumbling into a hidden world, prophecies, and a group of disparate creatures setting out on a treacherous journey/adventure.

Yet there are mod
Sep 27, 2011 Qt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I started the audio version of this one, but had a little trouble getting into it, mostly because there were long delays between each time I could listen to another chapter. Still, I wanted to know what happened in the story, so I got the book and skimmed through it fairly quickly. (And now, of course, I'm thinking I should have read it properly :-p)

I really like the concept and the characters--it's so nice to have a hero who takes care of his little sister and is a decent guy. And, it's really
 Pam Browning
I loved this book! The charater Gregor was really fun to read about. I liked the way he gets mad and is equally helpful and hurtful to his adventure. I also enjoyed how the character Boots is so important to the story without being a grown up kid. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy adventure books, although it doesn't really have much magic or dragons it is still a great read. I think I'll read the next one too.
Gregor the overlander
suzanne collins

Have you ever wondered how it would be living in the underworld with different creatures? Gregor is a normal boy who lives in the overworld and has a loving family and friends. He has two sisters and two parents, but one day he discovers a secret vent in the laundry room with Boots, his little sister. The vent makes him curious to explore but Boots falls in and what does Gregor do? Gregor follows after her into the vent takes him in the underworld. Gregor is c
Zhao Yong Chen
Gregor the Overlander is about a kid named Gregor who fell through a gap in the laundry room while chasing his little sister. They end up in a place called the Underland where Giant rats, bats, Cockroaches and Spiders live along side the humans. The Underland had a prophecy of Gregor coming and helping the humans against the rats. He starts a search for his missing father but to he has to start by going on a dangerous quest to find him.
The theme of the book is fate. I believe that it's the them
I went into this book simply wanting to read the first book that Suzanne Collins had written because I enjoyed the Hunger Games so much, but what I got here floored me. This was a children's book that was substantially better in my opinion to The Hunger Games because it felt more geared towards children than that particular story. I was mesmerized by Collins ability to make you care for characters that were not even human. Every single moment of this book was magical in nature. It truly became o ...more
I should have written this review before plowing on with the series, but I just got too excited about starting the next book to stop and write this. Now all my thoughts on this book are entirely muddled with my continuing love for the following books. Oh well.

I wasn’t sure what to think when I started this series. I read a lot of YA, but Gregor is probably on the lower end of the things that I read. Then I had heard that the book was about rats, cockroaches, and bats, all I could think of was th
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Other Books in the Series

Underland Chronicles (5 books)
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles, #2)
  • Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles, #3)
  • Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
  • Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, #5)
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