Tunnels by Roderick Gordon

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The New York Times Bestseller! The story of an outcast boy, his eccentric dad, and the scary underground world they discover through secret TUNNELS.

14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when Dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a secret subterranean society. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era--because the Colony is ruled by a cultlike overclass, the Styx. Before long--before he can find his father--Will is their prisoner....

About Roderick Gordon

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RODERICK GORDON and BRIAN WILLIAMS are coauthors of the international bestsellers TUNNELS, DEEPER, FREEFALL, and CLOSER. Williams divides his time between London and his native Liverpool; Gordon lives with his wife and children in Norfolk, England.
Published May 1, 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 484 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Will’s father vanishes, Will and new friend Chester follow his trail into an underground city, the Colony.

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The Guardian

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Along with clues generously salted away in the text from the outset, most - if not all - readers will be waiting for the boys to discover said city .

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Publishers Weekly

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{Will] was unable to tear his gaze from the sinister man, whose thin lips twisted into a sardonic smile”), the novel is nearly one-third over before the boys enter the underground Colony—where they are promptly imprisoned and tortured.

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The Independent

Fiona Shaw leads her audience a surprisingly merry dance to Coleridge's bleak epic poem The dead sailors stood on the deck and fixed him with a baleful stare.

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Teen Reads

Thrown into an adventurous quest, Will and Chester run for their lives as they uncover deeply buried secrets that are not willing to be revealed.

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Common Sense Media

At this point, fans will be used to the near-constant danger and the teen characters' propensity for bombs and guns, but a couple of incidents particularly stand out: the shocking death of a key character and the gruesome disposal of other murder victims.

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Common Sense Media

And the authors have a knack for multi-sensory description that gives this tale an unusual grittiness as the characters -- and thus readers -- not only see the wonders and terrors of this underground world, but also smell them and feel the filth and desolation in a way that lets you know why they...

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Kidz World

When they follow it, they find an underground world complete with massive tunnels, a train and an entire city carved out of the earth itself.

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SciFi Online

Sure that his father has gone to find the tunnels, Will and Chester follow in his footsteps.

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