Monday, February 28, 2011


Tunnels Series #1

Roderick Gordon
Brian Williams

Will Burrows and his father have always loved to dig archaeological tunnels around their town to see what they can find. Mr. Burrows works at the Highfield museum, filling it with his recent finds. One day, a man brings him a mysterious glowing orb that defies laws of chemistry by burning the brightest when exposed to the least amount of light. Mr. Burrows begins investigating the orb, but soon mysteriously disappears. Will, with the help of his friend Chester, find a secret tunnel under the Burrows' house, which must be where Mr. Burrows has wandered off to. Will and Chester head down the extensive tunnel, and they find an old elevator system. They go down, and at the bottom find an old, subterranean civilization! Unfortunately for Chester and Will, the city is still populated and they are quickly arrested, being hated "topsoilers". Soon, a family comes and claims that Will is their long lost son, taken to the surface by his deranged mother! Will is confused, but begins to learn that this new underground civilization is much more sinister than he could have expected. He knows he must find a way to get himself and Chester back to the surface before it is too late...

My Thoughts:
This is actually the second time I have read this book, and I definitely got a lot more out of it. The book was great, with many big plot twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat, especially the first time I read it. The concept of a whole civilization underground is very intriguing, and it is even more so seeing as it is where Will really comes from. The writing really makes you get attached to the characters, and this only grows as the series continues. Overall, a great book with lots of mystery and suspense.

Questions for Thought:
1. What would you think of the strange men in trenchcoats and dark glasses if they appeared in your town?

2. How would you react if your father (or guardian) mysteriously disappeared?

3. Were you Chester, would you have followed Will down the tunnel and down the elevator, not knowing what would happen?

Please leave your comments and answers!

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Emily Luethy said...

Thank you for this! We needed it!

Emily Luethy said...

Thanks! :)