Undertown by Melvin Jules Bukiet

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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?
 

About Melvin Jules Bukiet

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Melvin Jules Bukiet, on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of numerous adult books. His stories and essays have been published in the Paris Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Antaeus, and more. This is his first book for children. He lives in New York City.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Amulet Books. 304 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Adult author Bukiet (A Faker’s Dozen) makes the leap to children’s books with this off-kilter tale of two suburban youths who end up in the neverending, occasionally uncharted sewers of New York City.

Feb 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Undertown

Gr 5–8—Timothy Murphy still hasn't recovered from his mother's death when his dad announces that they will be spending the day with his new girlfriend and her daughter, Jessamyn Hazard, who attends the same school as Timothy. He is not looking forward to a day of sailing and having to share his f...

Jun 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Undertown

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