Gregor the Overlander

In this novel by Suzanne Colllins, Gregor and his younger sister get swept into the world of Underland, which is full of amazing creatures. He soon learns of his destiny in an upcoming war and he has to decide whether he wants a part in it or not.

Evaluative Criteria: Characters and Setting. Gregor the Overlander is a fantasy book by Suzanne Collins and is a prime example of what people look for in a fantasy. We have our main character Gregor whom young readers can connect to simply by his age. He is 11 years old, a great age for young readers to connect to. He is also a very realistic character in a fantasy setting. He has real world issues with his fathers whereabouts unknown and he has trouble accepting his role in the Underland. The setting also works great with the story because it is what we look for in a fantasy novel. An alternate world with mystical creatures is what makes it a fantasy novel. Not to mention the fact that Collins puts great detail into describing the Underland.

Lesson Plans: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/gregor-overlander-storia-teaching-guide

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMsvpHzixM

Collins, S. (2003). Gregor the Overlander. New York: Scholastic.
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