Underworlds #1: The Battle Begins

Paperback | April 1, 2012

byTONY ABBOTTIllustratorAntonio Javier Caparo

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An action-packed, mythological chapter book series from Tony Abbott!

There's something lurking under Owen's school...

Owen Brown is your average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared. Right in front of his face. Through the floor of the school.

Owen's average life has turned upside down.

He's determined to find Dana-before anyone realizes she's missing. Owen sets out on a mysterious, mythological rescue mission with his friends Jon and Sydney. But what none of them know is that Dana's disappearance is part of a much larger riddle.

And they're at the center of it.

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An action-packed, mythological chapter book series from Tony Abbott!There's something lurking under Owen's school...Owen Brown is your average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared. Right in front of his face. Through the floor of the school.Owen's average life has turned upside down.He's determined to find...

Tony Abbott is the author of more than sixty books for young readers, including The Secrets of Droon series; a middle-grade novel, Kringle; and The Haunting of Derek Stone series. He was the recipient of the 2006 Golden Kite Award, as well as the 2009 Edgar Award. Tony was born in Ohio, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.59 × 5.25 × 0.32 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545308313

ISBN - 13:9780545308311

Customer Reviews of Underworlds #1: The Battle Begins


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent can't wait for the rest! This is the second series I have read by Tony Abbott. The first, The Haunting of Derek Stone, was amazing. I loved it, so when this new series was starting I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Tony Abbot has come up with yet another great concept and is bringing it to life for readers both young and young at heart. With a mix of Greek, Norse, Egyptian and Babylonian mythologies, a group of fourth graders, and the whole world at stake, what could go wrong? Owen Brown is in the fourth grade. One morning at school he sees the floor open up and swallow his best friend Dana Runson. This event is also witnessed by Sydney Lambertti, the new shop teacher's daughter. And the final member of our group of youngsters is Dana's and Owen's friend, Jon Doyle. After Dana's disappearance, Owen and the other two must figure out what is going on. They soon have encounters with a fire-breathing giant wolf, the lyre of Orpheus, and the three Valkyries. And that is just the beginning of the story. This first book in a new series was a delight to read. It has a fast pace, interesting characters and a wonderful plot. I cannot wait to see how the series progresses. I can highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2012-01-26

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From Underworlds #1: The Battle BeginsI tore around the next-to-last corner. Almost there. One final turn, then-BLAM!-right into . . . Dana!The crash threw her into the wall, and I fell flat on my face.I leaped up and pulled her to her feet. "Dana! I'm such a klutz! Are you okay?"She looked into my eyes. Her long brown hair was tangled. Her cheeks were beyond pale. "Owen, I know the real reason my parents went to Iceland. The monsters. They're coming here. But you can't tell a soul, not yet-"I stepped back. "Monsters? Dana, what are you-""Find the book! In my house. It'll tell you everything. It's not like the others.""Dana-" I thought I heard someone at the far corner. Before I could see who it was, thick black smoke billowed up from the floor under Dana's feet. The air roared like a jet engine. And I heard words-hissing-as if from a million miles away.The...battle...begins...Dana's face went white. "HELP!"She threw something at me. Flames shot up in a ring around her feet, the floor split open, and she fell straight down. I saw eyes, dozens of them. And shiny black stuff. And thrashing shapes. And fire."Dana?" I shouted. "Dana!"But an instant later, the floor sealed up, the fire vanished, and Dana was gone.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Secrets of Droon

"This series will serve as a stepping stone for young fantasy fans who...aren't yet ready for Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia." - School Library Journal

Praise for The Haunting of Derek Stone

"It is a quirky adventure complete with humor and a touch of dark wonder." - Children's Literature