Monday, February 18, 2013

Undertown by Melvin Jules Bukiet

In this fast-paced adventure story, Timothy and Jessamyn are towed through the streets of Manhattan riding in Timothy’s family’s sailboat, on their way to the Long Island shore, when the boat comes unhitched from its truck. The teens sail backward down a hill in Upper Manhattan, then fall down a huge construction site hole and into the vast sewer system below.
Thrust into an amazing adventure, the kids navigate waterfalls and rapids as they travel through the rain sewers. They meet a graffiti artist their own age, a homeless person named You, and rats the size of large dogs. They fall into the hands of a gangster who claims the sewers as her kingdom and the homeless as her subjects, and acts as a fence for luxury goods! Will she feed Timothy and Jessamyn to the rats?

Publisher: Amulet Books
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Undertown is a unique and unusual story that entertains from start to end. Timothy and Jessamyn are the main characters and what makes the story unusual is that while riding a large sailboat, they fall down a huge construction site hole and into the massive sewer system below New York City. There they encounter a homeless person and a graffiti artist. I like the fact that the villain in the story is a female gangster who sees the sewers as her kingdom.

I was thrust into this amazing adventure and felt like I was right there with the kids as they navigated waterfalls and rapids and traveled through the rain sewers. Great fun for the reader. I recommend Undertown for both boys and girls 10-13. Thank you to Amulet Books for this unusual but good book!

This book in March of 2013! 

Happy reading!
Lily, age 12

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