Gregor and the Marks of Secret – Suzanne Collins

The Underland Chronicles: Book 4

Gregor and his sister Boots are regular visitors to Underland, where their mother is slowly recovering from injuries incurred in the previous episode. Gregor is supposed to be studying echolocation with his rat friend, Ripred the Gnawer, but he’s doing very badly. Ripred has his own problems, largest of which is Bane, the once-sweet little baby Gnawer whom the protagonist refused to kill in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Scholastic, 2004). Bane, now a half-grown monster of a rat, is surprisingly charismatic yet emotionally stunted and easily controlled by the forces of evil. When Queen Luxa gets a message that the mice that saved her life in the jungle are in trouble, she and Gregor head out to investigate, accompanied by her cousin Howard, several bats, Gregor’s sisters, and a brave cockroach named Temp.

This series always surprises me.  The characters suck me right in…  In this book, you get to see the true depths of the Bane’s ability to be evil.   I cried twice when what Gregor and Luxa had to experience was just too heartwrenching!  The action is fantastic again…definitely recommended!  –  Jessica, Teen Librarian

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