Synopses & Reviews
In this fast-paced adventure story, Timothy and Jessamyn are towed through the streets of Manhattan riding in Timothys familys sailboat, on their way to the Long Island shore, when the boat comes unhitched from its truck. The teens sail” backward down a hill in Upper Manhattan, then fall down a huge construction site hole and into the vast sewer system below.
Thrust into an amazing adventure, the kids navigate waterfalls and rapids as they travel through the rain sewers. They meet a graffiti artist their own age, a homeless person named You, and rats the size of large dogs. They fall into the hands of a gangster who claims the sewers as her kingdom and the homeless as her subjects, and acts as a fence for luxury goods! Will she feed Timothy and Jessamyn to the rats?
Praise for Undertown
"Two suburban teens ride a sailboat into Manhattans storm drains and meet quirky residents aplenty."
"Its a coming-of-age escapade with a sense of wonder, and Bukiet pays homage to the history and mysteries of NYC with a writing style thats part sentimental, part poetic, and part tongue-in-cheek.”
"This classic heros journey is set against the detailed backdrop of New York City, both above ground and below."
"Collins does a grand job of world-building....In her world, a child singing 'Patty-Cake' can change the course of history and a stoic rat can mourn the fact that although he is able to read, he cannot write because he has no thumb. Unlike Gregor who cannot wait to leave, readers will likely find it to be a fantastically engaging place." Publishers Weekly
"Collin's story is an adventurous read for young children." Children's Literature
"A refreshing combination of sensitive characters, innovative devices, and an unusual setting make this an appealing purchase for younger fantasy fans." VOYA
"This is an engrossing adventure for fantasy fans and for those new to the genre." School Library Journal
Praise for Ratscalibur
“Its funny, its scary, and its sweet, like life. But it has talking rats and magic, so its better than life." --Jimmy Fallon
Praise for Josh Lieb's I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President:
"If War and Peace had a baby with the The Breakfast Club and then left that baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it." --Jon Stewart
"Josh Lieb is one of the great brave journeys in American literature. Or maybe he just signed my name to a blurb he wrote. Either way, you have to admit he's brave. And the book is hilarious." --Judd Apatow
"Josh Lieb has set literature back a hundred years." --Daniel Pinkwater
"Beware, kids: Once your parents pick it up, they won't be able to put it down. (Guilty as charged.)" --New York Post
"Pitch perfect . . . Every kid who's ever felt put upon, misunderstood, and, let's admit it, infinitely superior to his or her peers will laugh out loud as they enter Oliver's hilarialous secret world." --BCCB, starred review
"Lieb's creative and twisted first novel gets a positive vote." --Kirkus Reviews
"Walter Mitty for teenagers, especially those who do not fit in. They will become huge fans of this book." --VOYA
"This is a book that kids will be talking about." --School Library Journal
When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
This 2003 Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice is now in paperback. When Gregor falls through a grate in his apartment building, he's hurtled into the dark Underland, a world that is on the brink of war. But his arrival is no accident — a prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future.
In the irresistible first novel by the author of The Hunger Games, a boy embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny -- and find his father. New cover art coming July 1st!
In the first novel of the New York Times bestselling series by Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, young Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building and hurtles into the dark Underland. This strange world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it -- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
The New York Times bestselling author of I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President reinvents the Excalibur legendwith rats!
When Joey is bitten by an elderly rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent.
At first, Joey is amazed by his new rat self. The city streets call to him at night. Smells that would have repelled him before are suddenly tantalizing. (A chicken bone? Yes! A squashed cockroach? Like perfume!) And wow, the freedom! But when a bout of hunger leads Joey to pull the spork from the scone, he finds himself at the center of a longtime rat prophecy.
Joey has unwittingly unlocked the sword Ratscalibur; and now, it is up to him to protect his new rat friends from the evil crows who seek to destroy their peaceful kingdom. But what does an eleven-year-old know about actual swordplay? And what happens when Joey no longer wants to be a rat?
About the Author
Before her debut as a critically acclaimed author, Suzanne Collins had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television.