Tunnels by Roderick GordonTunnels by Roderick Gordon


byRoderick Gordon, Brian Williams

Paperback | February 1, 2009

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Will Burrows shares one bond with his odd father: an obsession with archaeological digs. When the two discover an abandoned tunnel buried beneath modern-day London, they think they're on the brink of a major find.

Then Dad vanishes.

Helped by his best friend Chester, Will decides to investigate his father's disappearance. Soon the boys are lost in a dark underworld, desperate to escape the clutches of a cruel ruling cult. The deeper they descend, the deadlier it gets!

RODERICK GORDON and BRIAN WILLIAMS are co-authors of the New York Times bestsellers Tunnels, and Deeper, its sequel. Williams lives in London; Gordon divides his time between the city and Norfolk, England.
Title:TunnelsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.58 × 5.27 × 1.09 inPublished:February 1, 2009Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545078814

ISBN - 13:9780545078818

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was only okay. The concept is original, but I think it could have been made to be a lot more interesting
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What!? I read this when I was really young and just couldn't follow along... I couldn't understand what was going on and read it just for the fact that it bothers me when I don't completely finish a book...
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took me by Surprise I thoroughly enjoyed this book It came to me as a surprise. For the past two years, my nephew has been urging me to read it when I kept passing it by. Finally, he put his foot down and told me a I was missing out on a great story and it turns out he was correct. The story starts in a hole deep in the ground, somewhere under London, where Dr. Burrows and his son will are digging for the unknown or the forgotten. A few days later, Dr. Burrows goes missing and Will sets out along with his friend Chester to find him. This search leads them to places they could never have imagined. This book made me want to burrow under a couple of quilt, sit in a dark room with a light shining over my shoulder just enough so I could read the words on the page. I could then imagine being in the same tunnels along with Will and Chester. When the vivid descriptions of the tunnels became oppressive, I had to go outside into the sunshine for a couple of breaths of fresh air. All the while Dr. Burrows and his son are digging around, his daughter, Will's younger sister, Rebecca is trying to keep the family functional. His mother is a wreck, rarely moving from in front of the television and seeming detached from her family. Through out the story, we get a good feel for Will and Rebecca. They are both strong characters, children who've had to grow up quickly. Chester is Will's voice of reason. He is a perfect sidekick, almost always willing to try something new, though he knows when to pull Will back. The tunnels came alive for me. I could imagine the dim lighting, the dust covering surface and the wonder of what they were seeing. At times I wanted to be with the boys and at others I was thankful to be in the sunshine. This book series should appeal to pre-teens and early teens. It would be a good choice for parents to read with their younger children.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a must read for anyone who likes reading about fantastical events happening in the real world places! The first book of the Tunnels book series starts off a little slow but serves as the introduction to what has become my favorite book series. I'll remember the intense parts of this book forever.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aaesome Few books that I have read were as compelling and addictive as this one, and with 3 more published in the series and a 5th on the way, it will provide many more hours of entertainment. This book was hard to put down. I just kept saying to myself as reading, one more section, one more chapter, and yet kept reading when I should have put it down. I had to stop reading it at work because I would not want my break or lunch to end. The story is fast paced, the plot twists uncanny, the characters incredibly interesting and the concept chilling. Will Burrows (pun intended I am sure) is obsessed with archaeological digs, a passion his father has encouraged. His father is the curator at the local museum and dreams of finding something to put his academic career back on track. But they dig in secret, hiding their tunnels and their finds. Will works on projects for his father but also has his own side digs in areas of interest for himself. And in some ways he feels more at home underground than above. But when his father goes missing, and Will discovers a mysterious tunnel and journal, he and his friend Chester go digging, looking for Dr. Burrows. What they find will surprise them and just might cost them their lives. The greatest strength of the story is the uniqueness of the story line. The plot is so enticing. Discovering an underground world and civilization is not a new plot, but how this one came about, and its interactions with topsiders, is unique and fascinating. Overall it was an excellent read and I cannot wait to read more books in the series. (Note this book was originally published as The Highfield Mole.)
Date published: 2011-02-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Tunnels series:"Compelling." -Booklist, starred review"Exciting." -Kirkus Reviews"Thrilling." -The Columbus Dispatch"Nonstop action for readers who aren't afraid of the dark." -School Library Journal "An amazing world-with astonishing twists and surprises hiding around every corner." -www.teenreads.com"Fantastic fun-has a claustrophobia and griminess all its own.Well paced, exciting, and-in places-frightening. (You have been warned.) The danger in the darkness is very real and is well worth the wait." -Philip Ardagh