Module 5: Gregor the Overlander

11 07 2010

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Summary: While 11-year-old Gregor is watching his 2-year-old sister Boots she opens a vent and falls in. Gregor goes after her only to discover the vent is a chute that carries them miles below the earth’s surface into the Underland. Here he discovers a world he never knew, a world filled with giant cockroaches, bats, rats, and people with translucent skin. He also discovers that he has to fulfill a prophecy that was made hundreds of years ago when then first humans came to dwell below the earth, a prophecy that could mean his death, and could mean the rescue of his father who has been trapped in the Underland for over two years.

Citation: Collins, Suzanne. (2003) Gregor the Overlander. New York: Scholastic Press.

My Impressions: I’ve read Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series which I loved and was eager to read more of her work. Although I enjoyed the book, it took me a while to get over the giant cockroaches (gross, gross, gross!!!). It wasn’t until I got toward the middle of the book that I really started to get into the story. It was then that I felt I understood the characters and that the world that Gregor had fallen into came alive for me. However, by the end of the book I was into the story enough that I was ready to read the sequel.

Reviews:

“Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, Suzanne Collin’s debut marked a thrilling new talent, and introduced a character no young reader will ever forget.” –Goodreads.com review

“Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story to go along with it, and Gregor is endearing as a caring, responsible big brother who rises triumphantly to every challenge. This is sure to be a solid hit with young fantasy fans.” –Ed Sullivan, Booklist Online review

Library Use Suggestion: Gregor, like Alice in Wonderland and the Pensive children, finds his way into another world through a portal in his world. Children could come up with their own world, describing who or what inhabits it, and what portal would exist between our world and the one they made up.

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