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Tunnels (Tunnels #1)

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When Will Burrows and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will's archaeologist father, who has inexplicably disappeared, they are led to a labyrinthine world underneath London, full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers" like Will and his father.
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Turtleback Books (first published July 2nd 2007)
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Jaclyn
May 01, 2008 Jaclyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dirt and avoid showers
Meh. This wasn't my kind of book at all. I was one of the multitudes who got sucked into the "next Harry Potter" hype and the one thing I've learned from the experience is that there isn't going to be a next Harry Potter, so I should just get over it.

Now, to the book. It's the story of Will Burrows, a Londoner whose great passion is conducting archaeological digs with his dad. When his dad goes missing, Will enlists the help of his friend Chester. Together they stumble on an entire underground c
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Mohammed Arabey
Do you think It'll be just tunnels, like any ordinary old ones...
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Well...Think again and enter, you're welcome..
Welcome into the Tunnels
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A mysterious city cities underground..some with people living in..very mysterious inhabitant with their mysterious guardians, mysterious law and rules, mysterious past ...
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and other cities, abandoned ancient ones...
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....and here we are with 14 years old Will Burrows who is searching into these deep tunnels for his father who disappeared 'mysteriously'...

Will inh
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Greta
Mar 09, 2011 Greta added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I don't remember who recommended this book to me, but I didn't really like it. It took sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long for the author to say anything. The action took so long to develop and when there finally was action, there was too much dialogue and unnecessary description that it took the reader out of the action. I was just groping my through it the whole time waiting for things to happen. I think the book had potential, but the writing was so bad I just went crazy. It's like it was ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

Like his father, fourteen-year-old Will Burrows has an obsession with archaeological digs.

When his father disappears, Will is determined to find him. With the help of his best friend, Chester, Will discovers a network of tunnels under modern-day London. As they follow the tunnels deeper and deeper into the earth, they discover a dark underworld.

But the inhabitants don't want them there.

Will never dreamed his digging would unearth dark family secr
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, this is the last YA (type) book I'm planning to read in the foreseeable future, and I'm just as glad. I've read several lately that have disappointed me. This had also.

I found the book mildly interesting as it opened with the "supposed" father son digging team stocking the little museum and saving their own prizes. But the book takes a turn and becomes something totally different. This (of course) isn't necessarily a bad thing, it could have been a very good thing. But if a book uses this
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Valerie Irizarry
Tunnels takes you deeper into the world of imagination and creation. Something that people will enjoy about this book is that it's not just another recycled idea, but instead something new and intriguing. Some people might think it's slow and boring at first, but thats because it's sort of like an introduction to the family and their lives so you could understand the plot better. The author describes every place perfectly until the last little detail which makes you feel as if you were actually ...more
Willy Hung
Jun 29, 2009 Willy Hung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will Burrows is a fourteen year old boy that lives in London, he has a dad, mom, and a sister. One day Mr. Burrows and Mrs. Burrows got into a fight, so Mr. Burrows stayed in the basement for some time, he never came out. Will and Chester goes into the basement to look around, they found a secret passage leading to an underground Colony. Not long after arriving at the Colony, the Styx, cult like leaders who rule the Colony, captured them, they locked them up in prison, and not long later Will wa ...more
Moana
Oct 03, 2008 Moana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I liked the idea loyalty to family and friends. There is an ominous feeling of hopelessness surrounding Will's predicament and although he makes it through some tough moments I'm still left wondering how things can get better for him.

Digging tunnels and archaeological (sp?) stuff is unfamiliar territory but was interesting nonetheless.

There is a sequel and I'm looking forward to reading it.
Sandy
Mar 05, 2009 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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El Templo
"Como todas las navidades desde hace varios años, los medios de comunicación (a menudo con el beneplácito de las editoriales) insisten en traernos al “nuevo Potter” que han descubierto. La lista de obras que fueron encumbradas como “el libro que sustituirá a Harry Potter” es muy larga ya, y este año le ha tocado a Túneles, de Roderick Gordon y Brian Williams. ¿Y por qué Túneles? Pues porque Barry Cunningham, que fue el primer editor de Rowling, pero que hace ya mucho que se desvinculó de Harry P ...more
Tammy
Mar 03, 2009 Tammy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that this book isn't well-written, that part works fine. It's just the story! When I finished it, I was speechless. It had gone from bad to worse and then just ended. The happy resolution never happened. The goal of our little hero was never achieved. The book ended with a murder. I was left feeling dismal and cheated.
And this is a children's book! I picked it up for my kids and previewed it because the cover is so grabbing - the light and the title seem to shine out of the cover, but
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Mawel
Mar 12, 2009 Mawel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fouteen- year old Will Burrows lives with his family in London. He has little in common with them except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father.
When his father suddenly disappears down an unknown tunnel, Will decides to investigate with his friend Chester. Soon they find themselves deep underground, where they unearth a deep and dark secret- a secret that may cost them their lives - blurb



This is the first book in the Circle In The Spiral series.It is one of my very favourite b
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Sinead FitzPatrick
It was an exciting, mysterious book that I really liked, and I recommend for people with a mind for adventure!




-Sinead
Angelic Zaizai
Jan 27, 2009 Angelic Zaizai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nothing like Harry Potter... not even close...
Dick
Jan 08, 2010 Dick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like City of Ember this is another underground dystopia story. The main character is Will Burroughs, a young adolescent boy who lives in London with his a dysfunctional family: an aloof, absent-minded archeologist father, a distant depressed mother, and a hostile older teenage sister. Will takes after his father with a keen interest in excavation. He helps with his father's "digs" and conducts his own assisted by his friend Chester. The father is the curator of a local museum which gives him ac ...more
Ellen
Apr 28, 2015 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
Despite a recommendation from a friend that this new series was reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Magician's Nephew, this book was a huge disappointment. True there is an obsessed, uncaring relative of a boy who stumbles on to another world, but the similarities end there. Tunnels is the story of a family who is distracted, at best, and dysfunctional at worst. The father locks himself in the basement to get away from his family; the mother cares for nothing except her TV; and the sister is obsessed wit ...more
Robert
Sebuah ekspektasi yang terlalu tinggi kadang-kadang harus membentur dinding saat jalan yang dilewati menyempit dan memasuki terowongan.

Demikian pula saat saya membaca buku ini. Embel-embel "The Next Harry Potter" dan stiker "Soon to be Major Picture" di sampul depan segera membuat saya tanpa berpikir panjang langsung membelinya. Begitu pula di halaman pertama buku ini, ditulis bahwa Barry Cunningham, sang editor "Harry Potter" mengklaim bahwa buku ini mempunyai sensasi yang sama saat ia menemuka
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Kathleen
Dec 28, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is interesting and it’s nicely illustrated with creepy ink drawings. Alas, it’s far too long for what it has to offer, and quite poorly written. I was put off by the way adult characters were consistently portrayed as cold, self-absorbed, and extremely flawed. There were only two adults in the entire story who were decent. Also, for those parents who might wish to know, the book abounds with smoking, drunken brawling, and kids drinking and mocking their religion. I didn’ ...more
Cik Aini
Jun 28, 2009 Cik Aini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asal saya tergerak hati untuk membeli buku ini kerana buku ini sentiasa sebaris dengan bestseller PTS yang lain. Aneh betul rasanya, sudah lama tidak membaca novel Inggeris yaang dimelayukan, asal rekomendasi, saya membelinya taktala bersantai di Bandung. Bagaimana persepsi saya? Barangkali tidak boleh menandingi keajaiban Harry Potter walaupun buku ini juga worldwide bestseller. Tapi saya kira buku ini sepatutnya tidak dibandingkan dengan Harry Potter. Kerana kumpulan sasaran novel ini masih ja ...more
Student Symmes
Dec 22, 2009 Student Symmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maria
Oct 21, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já tinha este livro em lista de espera para ler à bastante tempo e finalmente lá me decidi por o fazer. Bem, que posso dizer deste livro? Se calhar já passei a fase de gostar deste tipo de livros, para teenagers a 100%, pois não me cativou muito. Mas acredito que os jovens gostem bastante da história que aqui é contada e que continua em mais 2 volumes
Aya Aruki
Jan 02, 2016 Aya Aruki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dhen Dhen
Jun 23, 2015 Dhen Dhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Okay, first of all, I didn't expect this one to be really good. I just saw it in my shelf (God knows when I bought it!) and decided to read it to past the time, nothing much.

But oh my, I was so wrong. I was prepared to give it a 1star after reading 3-4 chapters. Because the idea of 2 teenage boys obssessed with digging tunnels doesn't appeal to me. I already predicted that they'll discover something from ancient history down there. They did. BUT IT WAS TOTALLY BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. Yep, that'
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Clayton(Larry the pigeon)
I don't remember why I chose this book, but I didn't really like it. It took so long for the author to say anything. The action took so long to develop and when there finally was action, there was too much dialogue and unnecessary description that it took the reader out of the action. I was choking myself through it the whole time waiting for things to happen. The book I read was Tunnels by Roderick Gordon. Its about fouteen- year old Will Burrows lives with his family in London. He has little i ...more
Jason
Queen Rebecca is my favorite character of course given that she has at least two layers and how utterly disrespectful Will is towards her, though she sadly doesn’t get that much pagetime. Hero Will is bland, sidekick Chester is a prop, as are the good guys below the surface. Will’s dad is mildly annoying, while the villains are a bit obvious.

I am a bit curious about exactly how the Burrows originally become what they are.

Oh right, there’s a plot too. Well, I thought it would be like Downsiders
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Reece Eifert
Mar 13, 2015 Reece Eifert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
II rated this book a five out of five. I rated it this because it was very exciting and very suspenseful. I thought that this book was suspenseful because when the main character Will and his friend Chester go mining in a landmine and they found a huge chamber that led to nowhere. When they came back the next day to the mine they found that the hole that led to the chamber was covered and patched back up. Later in the book Will's father has gone missing and Will and Chester go on a mission to fi ...more
Andrea Ika
May 30, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review :Tunnels: Book 1 Tunnels (2007)

Brian James Williams #review2014,Roderick Gordon

Tunnels: Book 1
Tunnels (2007)
by Roderick Gordon, Brian James Williams (Author)
Original Language: English
Publisher: ChickenHouse
Country: United Kingdom
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978-1-905294-42-8
Page Count: 463
Awards
VOYA/Voice of Youth Advocates
Boston Globe/Horn Book Award




14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentri
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Simona
Mar 25, 2015 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Rating: 4.5/5

Tunele de Roderick Gordon şi Brian Williams este prima carte dintr-o serie de 6 volume (doar 5 sunt apărute la noi momentan). Această carte a fost binevenită pe lista mea de lectură deoarece, chiar dacă la început mi s-a părut oarecum simpluţă şi nu îmi promitea foarte multe, am descoperit că este acaparantă, plină de mistere, lumi necunoscute şi secrete.

Personajul principal, Will, este un băiat mai firav şi cu o înfăţişare ciudată deoarece are părul alb, spre deosebire de toţi memb
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Riley
Mar 15, 2011 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarter-3
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Kent
Apr 17, 2009 Kent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Roderick Gordon is the author of the Tunnels series of books. Born in 1960, he grew up in Highgate, North London, and eventually went to University College where he dabbled in genetics and listened to Joy Division. After graduating without the faintest idea what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, he spent some time in the wilderness when he played in a few bands, then somehow fell into a jo ...more
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