March 27th, 2012 by Karen
Okay, so there’s this little movie that opened over the weekend. What’s it called, again? Hungry Something? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Hungry Hippo Games? Something like that…
Oh, right, it’s called The Hunger Games — and it’s only, like, THE BIGGEST CINEMATIC EVENT OF ALL TIME!
But let’s say that your parents won’t let you read the book because it’s for kids ages 12 and up and the story is crazy violent and disturbing. (Cannot argue there. It is. It really is.) Or maybe you’ve already read the whole trilogy and you’re going through withdrawal? Well, I’m here with a friendly tip: don’t forget The Underland Chronicles!
The amazing Underland Chronicles series was my first introduction to Suzanne Collins’ incredible writing, several years before Katniss Everdeen ever existed. And I was hooked, even then. (Full disclosure: I work at Scholastic, which is the company that publishes The Underland Chronicles and the Hunger Games trilogy. But these books are so good, I would love them regardless. For serious.)
If you’re not familiar with the Underland Chronicle series, check out this book trailer:
What’s not to love? A hidden underground kingdom! A reluctant hero! Giant rats, bats, roaches, and mice! YAY! There’s also a major war going on, an 11-year-old queen struggling with how best to rule, and a lot of the same themes from the Hunger Games books.
For more info, listen to my review of the Underland Chronicles series from a past podcast:
Or, you know, just go out and get Book 1 (Gregor the Overlander) right now! I guarantee that when it comes to the Underland Chronicles, the odds are definitely in your favor.