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GREGOR AND THE PROPHECY OF BANE by Suzanne Collins

GREGOR AND THE PROPHECY OF BANE

From the Underland Chronicles series, volume 2

By Suzanne Collins

Age Range: 9 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-439-65075-5
Publisher: Scholastic

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! (Fiction. 9-14)