Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane

Author Collins, Suzanne
Language English
Publisher
Waterville Me.: Thorndike Press, 2006




Annotation:

In his second adventure, eleven-year-old Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City to rescue his kidnapped sister, Boots, and fulfill a prophecy that will restore peace to the people, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders who populate the underworld.



Subjects :

  • Brothers And Sisters Fiction
  • Friendship Fiction
  • Animals Fiction
  • Fantasy

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Best Books :

  • Children's Literature Choice List, 2005 , Longer Books with More Sophisticated Themes for Middle Readers (Children 8 to 12)
  • Choices, 2005 , Children's Fiction

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Connecticut Book Awards , Children's Literature (Author) , 2005

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Garden State Children's Book Award; Fiction 2007-2007
  • Sequoyah Book Award; Children's 2007-2007
  • Young Reader's Choice Award; Grades 4-6 2006-2006

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
680L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 5.3
Interest Level 6-8
Title Point Value 15

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Vocabulary
Interest Level Middle Grade
Accelerated Reader Points 8

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Reviews :

Ed Sullivan (Booklist)
In this exciting, fast-paced sequel to Gregor the Overlander [BKL O 15 03], 11-year-old Gregor and his little sister, Boots, return to the Underland to battle the evil giant rats, which have conspired to kill Boots in order to destroy Gregor, their primary obstacle to conquering all the Underland. To save his sister, Gregor sails across a subterranean sea with his bat and cockroach allies to find and kill the prophesied rat leader of the Underland war. Most of the action takes place on the water, including a memorable battle with a sea serpent, and there are plenty of suspenseful moments and exciting developments. Gregor, of course, is courageous, selfless, and ultimately triumphant. Readers unfamiliar with the first novel will be at a disadvantage; Collins assumes knowledge of the characters and developments from the first book. But fans will not be disappointed with this exciting, action-packed sequel, whose ending suggests more adventures to come. Category: Books for Middle Readers--Fiction. 2004, Scholastic, $16.95. Gr. 4-8.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Kirkus (Kirkus)
When giant cockroaches kidnap his baby sister Boots from Central Park, Gregor knows that he has no choice but to descend to the Underland to find her. Readers will eagerly remember what Gregor has tried to forget: that at the end of Gregor the Overlander (2003), the fey Nerissa had hinted at the Prophecy of Bane. Bane, it appears, is a giant white rat, one whose coming portends the end of the delicate balance of power in the Underland; Gregor is prophesied to be the end of Bane, but not if the rats get Boots first. Collins crafts another edge-of-the-seat quest; a race between Gregor and the rats reunites the boy with Queen Luxa and with Ares, his new bat-bond. Humor and terror alternate, as the third-person narration (heavily flavored by the voice of 11-year-old Gregor) details the bickering brought on by close quarters and then unflinchingly throws the questers into mortal danger. Gregor's resolution of the prophecy will surprise and delight readers-who will be equally delighted to see that Nerissa has packed a new prophecy in Gregor's luggage when he returns home. Yessss! 2004, Scholastic, 320p, $16.95. Category: Fiction. Ages 9 to 14. © 2004 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Kathy L. Fiedler (Kutztown)
In this sequel to Gregor the Overlander, Boots, Gregor s two-year-old sister, disappears from Central Park while on the way home from sledding with Gregor. Already having experienced his own disappearance into the Underland, Gregor suspects that Boots was taken there, and fears that the Underland rats may have her. Fortunately, it was the cockroaches who kidnapped Boots just to keep her out of harm s way. It appears that Boots death has been foretold by the Prophecy of Bane, and the Underland humans are relying on Gregor to slay the white rat and restore peace to their world. Gregor just hopes he can keep his sister alive Underland is a fantastic setting you ll not soon forget. Deep beneath the sewers of New York City is an underground river of vast proportions, pale violet-eyed humans, and ENORMOUS insects and rodents! As was the first installment, this book is a hit with young readers, especially those who ve enjoyed The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Category: Fantasy. 2004, Scholastic Press, $16.95. Ages 11 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Peg Glisson (Children's Literature)
When Gregor's baby sister Boots is kidnapped by giant cockroaches from Underland, Gregor knows he must once again go there to retrieve her. The Underlanders want Gregor to prevent the Prophecy of Bane, hinted at the end of Gregor the Overlander, from becoming reality. Bane apparently is a large white rat and only Gregor can prevent Bane's upsetting the delicate balance in the Underworld. The rats know the way to Gregor is through Boots and so the lines are drawn. Once again, Collins peppers the book with amazing characters (old and new), tense as well as humorous situations and dialogue, and another world made believable. Gregor has matured some since his last adventure. He learns to deal with the fact that he is a "rager," a deadly and efficient fighter. He is more confident in his own abilities to reason and understand, as well. Readers will be surprised by his resolution of the prophecy. Those who have not read the first Gregor will be at a slight disadvantage. Collins tries to weave necessary details from Gregor's first visit to the Underworld into this one, but it definitely slows the early chapters down and is not completely satisfying. Once details have been attended to and the actual adventure begins, the pace quickens and excitement builds. There's a hint of yet another sequel; by the time readers finish this one, they'll be asking when! 2004, Scholastic Press, $16.95. Ages 9 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Timnah Card (Bulletin)
Gregor and Boots (from Gregor the Overlander, BCCB 1/04) again descend below the streets of New York to answer the call of a prophecy, this time crossing the Waterway to track down a mysterious white rat known as the Bane, around which the formerly vanquished rat forces are beginning to rally. Peace-loving Gregor, who is disturbed to discover his unsuspected capacities as a warrior, sets out with Boots and other questers, battling giant squid and flesh-stripping gnats before the party is split during an attack by vicious rats and carnivorous plesiosaurs. Convinced that Boots, Underland princess Luxa, and Luxa's bat Aurora have been drowned and/or eaten, the grief-maddened Gregor and his bat Ares continue the search for the Bane alone, determined to fulfill the prophecy by killing the cursed animal on sight. What they find, however, calls their interpretation of the prophecy into question, and their decision regarding the fate of the Bane changes the balance of power for all the nations of the Underland. Gregor's parents' inability to care for their children after the return of his father in the first book sets the stage for this second journey, in which the counsel of adults is well meant but morally ambiguous and Gregor's own wisdom must carry the day. That continuing realism wraps the mile-a-minute adventure in a satisfyingly complex political and social network and provides the whole with a compelling emotional foundation. Throughout, the motivations and growth of individual characters drive the action--Gregor's unearthing of his warrior tendencies is an unexpected innovation, but his discovery is described in sufficient detail to be acceptable to returning fans--and the reappearance (and disappearance) of old friends, with some plot ends deliberately left loose, will pull readers right through to the end and set them clamoring for the third installment in the series. (Reviewed from galleys) Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2004, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2004, Scholastic, 320p, $16.95. Grades 4-7.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

CCBC (CCBC)
In this exciting sequel to Gregor the Overlander, eleven-year-old Gregor finds himself headed back to the Underland, a huge territory beneath the earth that is populated by all manner of giant animals who have adapted over the years to living in perpetual darkness. The first time, he went to rescue his father, and he vowed never to return after surviving and succeeding on his quest. But now he must rescue his sister Boots, who has been kidnapped as a way to lure him back to the Underland. The Underlanders believe he is the one who has been prophesied to kill The White Rat and prevent an Underland world war. Gregor is again thrust into the role of reluctant hero. Scenes featuring amped-up species such as bats and roaches range from fast to funny to deliciously frightening. Gregor also faces several moral choices. As in the first volume of The Underland Chronicles, there is plenty of humor and plenty of intense action in this riveting, fast-paced novel. CCBC categories: Fiction for Children. 2004, Scholastic Press, 320 pages, $16.95. Ages 9-14.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Nancy K. Wallace (VOYA)
In this welcome sequel to Gregor, the Overlander (Scholastic, 2003/VOYA October 2003), Gregor and his baby sister, Boots, face new dangers in the Underland. While sledding in Central Park, Boots is abducted and carried down a storm sewer. Gregor follows, discovering that Regalia has taken Boots to protect her. Prophecy suggests that Boots will die if Gregor does not kill "The Bane," a white rat destined to lead his fellow rodents against the people of Regalia. Committed to slay The Bane, Gregor sets out across the Waterway with Ares, his bonded bat; Luxa, the queen; and Boots. Injured by a giant squid, Gregor loses one boat to a whirlpool and the other sinks, swamped by dinosaur-like reptiles. Worst of all, Luxa and Boots are both missing and apparently dead. Gregor forges on, fueled by hatred for the rats that killed his sister. Prepared to heartlessly slaughter The Bane, Gregor is amazed to find his enemy is only a helpless baby rat, reminiscent of Boots. Gregor spares its life and returns to Regalia, only to face charges of treason for abandoning his mission. Luckily Nerissa, the new queen, reinterprets the prophecy, absolving him of guilt, and frees him to go home. Incredibly Boots is returned safely just before he departs. On the last page, the scene is skillfully set for a sequel. Danger abounds, calling for courage and ingenuity. Gregor consistently makes the right choices and triumphs. Fast-paced adventure and endearing characters make this book an excellent selection for younger fantasy readers. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Scholastic, 312p., $16.95. Ages 11 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In the second title in the Underland Chronicles series, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins, Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City, seeking his young sister, Boots, who has been kidnapped by giant cockroaches that are trying to protect her from murderous rats. PW said of Gregor the Overlander, "Collins does a grand job of world-building.... Unlike Gregor who cannot wait to leave, readers will likely find it to be a fantastically engaging place." .
(Publishers Weekly)

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Series :

Book two in the Underland chronicles-Underland chronicles-bk. 2Thorndike Press large print The literacy bridge-

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Waterville Me.: Thorndike Press, 2006

Media Type: Language Material
312 p. (large print) ;
PZ7.C6837 ([Fic])
0786280840
9780786280841
Sequel to Gregor the overlander.
Sequel Gregor and the curse of the warmbloods.
Waterville Me.: Thorndike Press, 2006

Media Type: Language Material
312 p. (large print) ;
PZ7.C6837 ([Fic])
9780786280841
0786280840
Sequel to Gregor the overlander.
"Thorndike Press large print The literacy bridge."
Sequel Gregor and the curse of the warmbloods.
New York: Scholastic, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
312 p. ;
PZ7.C6837 ([Fic])
9780439650762
0439650763
Reprint. Originally published c2004.
"Apple series."
New York: Listening Library, 2005

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
6 sound discs (6 hr. 34 min.):
PZ7.C6837 ([Fic])
9780307282682
0307282686
Compact discs.
Unabridged.
New York: Scholastic Press, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
312 p. ;
PZ7.C6837 ([Fic])
0439650755
9780439650755
Sequel to Gregor the overlander.
Sequel Gregor and the curse of the warmbloods.
New York: Scholastic Press, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
312 p. ;
PZ7.C6837 ([Fic])
9780439650755
0439650755
Sequel to Gregor the overlander.
Sequel Gregor and the curse of the warmbloods.
Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004.,

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0439650763
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0439650755
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