Collins, S. (2004). Gregor the overlander. NY: Scholastic.
Gregor falls through a hole in the laundry room of his apartment building when he is looking for his sister. Both siblings begin a quest that has far reaching consequences. Gregor meets people called Underlanders, along with all sorts of creatures, who believe that he is the chosen one to free them from the danger they exist in. In fulfilling this prophecy, Gregor will discover that he may solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance all those years ago.
The characters in Gregor the Overlander are highly engaging and cause the reader to really connect with the story. Gregor has a very hard time accepting the new reality of the Underland. Through a series of events, he comes to terms with his temporary home and embarks on a quest to save a loved one. This leads to how the plot of the book keeps the reader interested and engaged. When the story begins, Gregor is in New York City, a well-known real place. He is then dropped into the Underland, quite literally. On his quest, Gregor meets many friends and foes as well as confronting many adventures along the way.