Book Review: Gregor the Overlander

by Melissa on December 24, 2009 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Adventure, Fantasy, Lexile 600-699, Part of a series or set

Title: Gregor the Overlander
Series: Overland Chronicles, Book 1
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Author: Suzanne Collins
Lexile: [?] 630L
ATOS Level: [?] 4.8
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Go For Ages: 9-12


When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.


Gregor is a good big brother.  A kind, generous, helpful kid.  Overall, a very good story and appropriate for readers in the younger end of this age-range.  Clear idea of choices and consequences. Strong family theme.



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Descriptions of giant cockroaches, bats, rats, and spiders-but not very scary.
Mild battle scenes, not too much in the way of carnage description.  Stories of rats eating people.  Description of spiders injecting poison into a bug then drinking the liquefied insides.


Grandma described as “slipping in and out of reality”.  Police imply that father has run off with another woman.  Many of Gregor’s friends only living with one parent, so Gregor makes up a story about his parents being divorced and his Dad living in another state.


Neighbor offers to read tarot cards for Gregor.  Mentions prophesies/visions, term “Nostra”, which literally means “In our time,” but is also a term associated with writings of the Catholic Church.

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