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Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
Favorite fiction stars return to the spotlight. The intrepid adventurer first introduced in Gregor the Overlander (about which PW's starred review said, "Collins does a grand job of world-building") now features in the third installment of the Underland Chronicles, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins. Just a few months after returning from his mission in Gregor and the Prophecy of the Bane, the hero finds himself in the laundry room, where a scroll from Vikus informs him that "The Prophecy of Blood is upon us," and this time it's Gregor, Boots and their mother who descend. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Gr 5-8-Life and death decisions, action, adventure, and suspense follow Gregor, an 11-year-old Overlander from New York City who is caught up in the ebb and flow of the Underland, a vast country that lies beneath New York. Although this is the third novel in Suzanne Collins's series (Scholastic, 2005), there's just enough exposition to help new listeners along. The story starts off a bit slowly but is soon racing along at a breakneck pace. All Underland Warmbloods are at risk of a great, blood-borne plague and must unite with the Gnawers and Crawlers (rats and cockroaches) to discover the cure. Gregor finds, to his great dismay, that he and Boots, his two-year-old sister, are at the center of another Underland prophecy, and that they must go on yet another quest to save the Underland, against his mom's express wishes. A few new characters are introduced, along with an intriguing bit of history about why the humans and rats hate each other. Narrator Paul Boehmer enhances the story by giving each character a distinct voice. His interpretation of Boots is especially engaging. This is a good purchase for both school and public libraries, especially where fantasy and the first two books in the series are popular.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.