Gregor and the Overlanders by Suzanne Collins
This is one of those books that I have seen on the book shelves at the library about 100 times, and I keep thinking I should try it. I mean, anything written by the author of the Hunger Games is gonna be great, right? I have no idea why I have passed it over so many times...and when I finally picked it up, I was absolutely hooked from about page five.
Gregor has to spend his summer home, instead of going to camp, in order to take care of his two-year-old sister, Boots. Mom is way over worked, and Dad disappeared two years ago. But despite the hard times, Gregor cannot always keep himself from thinking of all the great things he and his Dad will do once he gets back. And Mom and the kids KNOW he didn't just up and leave.
Gregor and his sister are down in the apartment basement doing laundry, when Boots chases her ball down by the air vents. When she crawls in after it, Gregor has to go in for her. But what they fall into is a whole new world. Literally. He must find a way to get back to the 'Overland'. But a strange human race, giant spiders, cockroaches, bats, and rats, all need him to stay to fufill the prophesy....one that might just lead him straight back to his dad.
An exciting adventure/fantasy, one that any thrill seeking middle schooler would love to fall into! I cannot wait to start on the second, Gregor and the Prophesy of Bane.