Freefall (Tunnels Series #3)

Freefall (Tunnels Series #3)

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by Roderick Gordon
     
 

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DEEPER sent Will and Chester into FREEFALL-- tumbling through the subterranean Pore with the evil Rebecca twins in hot pursuit, both toting phials of the lethal Dominion virus. When, where, will they ever land?! Just when the drop seems infinite, the boys hit bottom, and find themselves in a realm of near-zero gravity atop a giant spongy fungus stuffed with artifacts… See more details below

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DEEPER sent Will and Chester into FREEFALL-- tumbling through the subterranean Pore with the evil Rebecca twins in hot pursuit, both toting phials of the lethal Dominion virus. When, where, will they ever land?! Just when the drop seems infinite, the boys hit bottom, and find themselves in a realm of near-zero gravity atop a giant spongy fungus stuffed with artifacts from some lost golden age. But they are not alone. And above ground, black-clad Styx are sprouting like poison mushrooms, dead-set on spreading their plague!

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Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
In Book 3 of the bestselling "Tunnels" series, Will and his friends find themselves pushed into the Pore as they desperately look for a way back Topsoil. The only problem, however, is that only one person has ever accomplished it before. Will, Chester, and an unconscious Elliot must battle the native creatures of the Pore, including giant spiders, and deal with the ever-present Rebecca twins and the tunnels themselves. With each turn seeming more desolate than the one before and Elliot's health declining daily, the boys are feeling hopeless when they stumble upon Martha, a mysterious old lady who dwells in the pore and is a series newcomer. The intricate adventure continues, and characters from previous books continue to pop up when the reader least expects them in this popular phenomena created by Gordon and Williams. Readers will again find themselves caught up in the never-ending adventure that has become Will's life. His optimism, no matter what is thrown at him, propels his story forward and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Readers just stumbling upon this book should definitely start at the beginning, as the adventure is too far along to enter into in this third installment. Fans should look out for the upcoming movie version of Tunnels, although it will be difficult to capture the intricate details of the story itself. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—At long last, the third installment in the subterranean "Tunnels" epic reunites Will, his errant father, and his resilient mother—briefly. Then, as she stays on the surface to battle, and then become a captive of the sinister order of Styx, the two squabbling explorers and various companions embark on a long fall to a fabled land at Earth's center that is lit by an inner sun and anchored by centrifugal force rather than gravity. No, science is not the strong suit here—nor is credibility, as Earth's innards are apparently riddled with tunnels and littered with conveniently placed, mysteriously abandoned military equipment—but the overall tale nonetheless gains momentum as it goes, propelled not only by chases, attacks, explosions, cunning deceptions, and acts of heroism and stupid bravado, but also by run-ins with the vicious Styx (a secret society poised to rid Earth of its environmentally destructive "Topsoilers" with a plague) and several types of deadly, eldritch creatures unique to the planetary depths. The occasional drawings of faces or objects add nothing significant, but that's a minor bobble in a fantasy that has yet to show signs of flagging despite its high page count.—John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545138772
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Tunnels Series, #3
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
239,602
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.10(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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