Collins, S. (2003). Gregor the Overlander . New York: Scholastic.
Gregor the Overlander is book about a boy named Gregor who falls to a place called the Underland from his laundry room in New York City. When he arrives, he learns that his father who has been missing for the past two years, is also in the underland. Gregor's father has been captured by giant rats, and Gregor must fulfill a prophecy to rescue him. Along with his two year old sister, Boots, the future queen of the underland, Luxa, her cousin Henry, two giant bats, two giant cockroaches, and two giant spiders, the questers set off in search of Gregor's father.
Jessica and I really enjoyed this book. I read it aloud and we finished it in just a few days of reading two to three chapters each night. We enjoyed it so much that I immediately went back to the library to check out the next book in the series.
Collins, S. (2004). Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane . New York: Scholastic Press.
Impossibly, Jessica and I finished this book even faster than the first. It was action packed from nearly the beginning of the book. Gregor and Boots once again visit the Underland, only this time the prophecy predicts that Gregor must kill the Bane, a huge white rate will be responsible for destroying all of the inhabitants of the Underland. As if that isn't enough, the rats believe that the only way to defeat Gregor is by killing Boots. Gregor sets off on another quest with a slightly different cast of characters.