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Goblins!: An UnderEarth Adventure

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Sneaking out into the woods near the Canadian border, Sam and PJ come across what looks like a mutant gorilla with a bad attitude. But it’s no ape — it’s a goblin, and thousands more of them live under the earth, kept in check only by a small corps of human Guardians.

Sam finds a tunnel below the surface, and in no time he’s in the goblins’ clutches. With goblin leaders Eww
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Putnam Juvenile
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Andrew H
May 07, 2013 Andrew H rated it really liked it
Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure by Royce Buckingham, is about two delinquent boys named PJ and Sam who one day, were driving in the forest, where they found a goblin which they accidently killed and there, they discovered a hole, which Sam goes down out of curiosity; and gets captured by a bunch of other goblins. Next, PJ descends into the hole looking for Sam, and finds some people called the, "Guardians," who keep the goblins in the UnderEarth; while Sam gets put into an arena where he is ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 27, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Take one slacker, one troublemaker, and some bottle rockets and mix them with a whole world of drolling, nasty, furry, black-blooded goblins and what do you get? A book that middle school boys will adore. The cover alone ensures that they will pick this title up, but they won't be disappointed once they start reading, because things happen quickly. Sam Hill (most students won't get this reference, so it's clever rather than annoying) makes a lot of poor choices that get him in trouble with the ...more
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
6th grade and up. I love Royce Buckingham! This is the perfect middle school level fantasy book for boys. In the tiny town of Sumas, Washington, one mile from the Canadian border, 12-year-old troublemaker Sam avoids going home to his abusive, alcoholic father. Because he's wandering around a lot, he tends to spend quite a bit of time with Sumas's lone cop, Officer Myrmidon. Sam steals some fireworks and gets placed in the jail cell for a bit, where he meets Officer Myrmidon's 17-year-old son, ...more
Jun 18, 2010 P.M. rated it really liked it
When 12 year old Sam Hill is bored, he steal fireworks and starts a dangerous chain of events. Sam is caught by Officer Myrmidon and put in jail to think over his crime. PJ, Officer Myrmidon's estranged son, arrives just as the policeman rushes off for an emergency leaving PJ in charge of Sam. PJ releases Sam and they go off to check an alarm which results in their capture of a goblin from an underground civilization. After meeting two of the Guardians masquerading as Animal Control, Sam decides ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Duane rated it really liked it
This would be a great book to get a boy interested in reading. With humor, action, and mystery, the author does a great job of making the reader unable to stop reading chapter after chapter. Two boys find themselves underground among a battle between goblins and the warriors who vow to keep them underground. The goblins are the bad guys in the book but with great humor, you can't help but laugh at their antics and stupidity. I'd say this book is meant for the preteen age of reading. A great book ...more
Cornelia Franke
Oct 14, 2012 Cornelia Franke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aus Langeweile stellt Sam, ein zehnjähriger Junge in einer Kleinstadt an der Grenze zu Kanada, nur Unsinn an und landet deswegen regelmäßig im Gefängnis. PJ, ein Teenager, ist genauso ein Verlierer-Typ und trifft auf Sam, als er für seinen Vater – den Officer der Stadt – auf den Jungen ein Auge haben soll. Doch als er und Sam mit dem ‚geliehenen‘ Streifenwagen ein seltsames Wesen anfahren, beginnt erst der schlimmste Ärger für sie. Das Wesen stellt sich als ein Gnom, ein Bewohner Untere
Apr 07, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-j, read-ya, j-fantasy
Goblins: An Underground Adventure by Roger Buckingham is a Young Adult/Juvenile fantasy novel that is a light read with some battles and laughs combined to keep you reading until the end. The story starts when Sam “liberates” some fireworks from the back of a truck delivering fireworks for a display of pyrotechnics. As usually happens, Sam immediately meets the Sheriff who gives him the usual lecture and leads him off to the local small-town jail to wait for Sam’s (probably drunk) father to ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Goblins!: An UnderEarth Adventure is an action-packed read that young readers will thoroughly enjoy. First of all, let me say that I absolutely love the cover artwork. I saw that cover and I instantly wanted to read this book. The main characters of Sam and PJ and both quite likable, but I was shocked to learn that Sam didn't seem to be the main character, PJ is. I initially though that Sam was going to have the leading role. Still, it didn't really matter, just a misperception on my part.
I enjo
Ella Jones
Oct 25, 2013 Ella Jones rated it it was ok
Shelves: action-adventure
Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure
Royce Buckingham
2 Stars

I thought this book was okay, It was not well written at all and there wasn't much of a plot line. The structure of the book was weak and the content was frankly predictable and boring. The ending was not a cliff-hanger but not resolved either. There is not a sequel to this book that I know of (thank heavens). And the characters are amateur without much building on who they are the book just goes straight to the story with elementar
Jun 02, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing
I am always looking for something to catch the attention of my reluctant readers. This is it for boys in middle school to high school. Sam and PJ are thrown together by coincidence and begin an adventure that is humorous, somewhat gross, but always captivating as they enter UnderEarth and attempt to prevent goblins from coming to the Earth's surface. There is plenty of action and suspense as the author gets your attention early and keeps it to the end. I enjoyed it, even as an adult. The kids in ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Pandora rated it really liked it
A fast action packed book that should get the boys reading. The book blends humor with some horror elements - giant bugs, goblins, men eating slug monsters. For the most part though the books is an adventure quest story. The two main boys who think themselves as just two troublemakers end up discovering the hero within themselves.
Brenda Kahn
May 02, 2013 Brenda Kahn rated it really liked it
Ooh, what fun. Take one angry son returning to visit a father he doesn't respect, plus one JD in training who respects said father, who also happens to be police chief in his border town. Add an empty police car, a joy ride and a hole in the ground. Mix well. Simmer. Stir in goblins, fight scenes and humor. Serve to middle school boys.
Melissa Schneider
Sam and PJ aren't the best decision-makers, but the furry goblins they encounter in the underworld don't stand a chance against them. This fun and fantistical adventure is a safe bet for any tween reader.
AR BOOK 5.6/7.0 PTS

A very boy book, with enough actions and gross descriptions of creatures, insects, and battles to keep them entertained. A story of humans protecting both the safety of us and the creatures that lurk below. Heroes rule!
Jan 12, 2010 Christie rated it really liked it
The book is clever, funny, full of action and suspense. The book will probably appeal more to boys than girls.

The story takes place underground in a world inhabited by Goblins and monsters.

The book is written for 4th grade and up.
Mar 08, 2015 Buchtoaster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Habe es aus der Bücherrei ausgeliehen! Ein sehr gutes Buch. Würde mich über mehr Teile freuen! Gibt es welche? :D !
Matthew Winner
Aug 19, 2009 Matthew Winner rated it really liked it
YES for our library.

100 pages in and I'm still voraciously hooked. So nice to come across a great book with the right amounts of humor, adventure, and fantasy.
Apr 29, 2009 A-man rated it it was amazing
this book is about a boy named Sam and P.J.,who find a goblin in the woods. And they two strange figures come and kill the goblin.
P.S. That's all that I've read!!
Cristy Bruso
Dec 17, 2009 Cristy Bruso rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for 4th thur 6th grade boys. It reminds me of Tony Abbott The Secrets of Droon books.
Sep 14, 2011 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit out of my normal lane of reading, but it took me on a good imagintive journey...

Well written!!

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