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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
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Feb 29, 08

bookshelves: childrens, supernatural, fantasy, bluebonnet-list, elementary-aged-friendly, tween-friendly, fiction
Read in December, 2007

Gregor is doing the laundry on a completely average day, when he and his baby sister Boots find a hole in the wall that ends up being a one-way ticket to the Underland: an amazing world of subterranean kingdoms where humans and bats (and sometimes bugs) fight together against vicious huge rats. Gregor has every intention of making his way home immediately but the underland humans are positive he is the hero foretold of in their prophecies and Gregor is reluctantly drawn into a war that might reunite him with his long-disappeared father.

This ran the entire gamut from making me laugh out loud to making me genuinely choke up. It's a great story about adventure, battle, race/species relations and the strength of family bonds all told from the perspective of truly likable and sympathetic boy.

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