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Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a6.075317
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?

Praise for Undertown
"Two suburban teens ride a sailboat into Manhattan’s storm drains and meet quirky residents aplenty."
—Kirkus Reviews

"It’s a coming-of-age escapade with a sense of wonder, and Bukiet pays homage to the history and mysteries of NYC with a writing style that’s part sentimental, part poetic, and part tongue-in-cheek.”
—Publishers Weekly

"This classic hero’s journey is set against the detailed backdrop of New York City, both above ground and below."
—Booklist
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on March 5, 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
ISBN-10: 141970589X
ISBN-13: 9781419705892
35 Book Reviews
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  • penguin313
    penguin313Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm55 stars
    This was my first giveaway one book on Idogo. It had a good story, and described how teens want to be free in its own way.
    • hermit
      hermitFriday, March 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm55 stars
      this book seems so amazing, i hope i win...
      • sam51043112
        sam51043112Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:28 am
        must win
        • alexistaumata
          alexistaumataThursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm55 stars
          I NEED TO READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!
          • cat101
            cat101Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm
            it sounds so interesting based on the blurb and has a fascinating cover and title
            • orangepenguin2
              orangepenguin2Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:00 am55 stars
              This book looks good. I LOVE READING!!!!
              • hermit
                hermitWednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm55 stars
                i like the cover.
                • hermit
                  hermitWednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm55 stars
                  awesome.
                  • hermit
                    hermitWednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm55 stars
                    interesting, i would like to read this book.
                    • hermit
                      hermitWednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm55 stars
                      cool.