Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles Series #4)

Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles Series #4)

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by Suzanne Collins
     
 

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Follow Gregor in the fourth enthralling adventure in Suzanne Collins' New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles -- with gorgeous new cover art coming July 1st! In Book 4 of the bestselling Underland Chronicles, Gregor is drawn ever deeper into a brewing crisis. For generations, rats have run the mice out of whatever lands they've claimed, keeping them

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Follow Gregor in the fourth enthralling adventure in Suzanne Collins' New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles -- with gorgeous new cover art coming July 1st! In Book 4 of the bestselling Underland Chronicles, Gregor is drawn ever deeper into a brewing crisis. For generations, rats have run the mice out of whatever lands they've claimed, keeping them constantly on the move. But now the mice are disappearing and the young queen Luxa is determined to find out why. Gregor and Boots join Luxa on a simple fact-finding mission. But when the true fate of the mice is revealed, it is something far more sinister than they had imagined -- and it points the way to the final prophecy Gregor has yet to fulfill. His abilities are put to the test in this suspenseful, action-packed penultimate installment of Suzanne Collins's thrilling Underland Chronicles.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers will be pleased with this spring's crop of further adventures. In what Suzanne Collins is calling the "penultimate" adventure in her Underland Chronicles, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, the mice in the Underland begin to disappear, and queen Luxa enlists Gregor to help her find out why. (Scholastic, In the spine-tingling wrap-up to her Shadow Children series, Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Luke Garner, the third-born hidden child in a society that allows only two per family, unintentionally begins a rebellion that ends in anarchy. Ages 9-12. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Gregor and Boots travel back to the Underland, where their mother is still recovering from the plague. Anticipating a calm summer taking echolocation lessons from Ripred, the rat, Gregor first senses trouble when he is reintroduced to the Bane, the baby rat whose life Gregor once spared. The Bane has transformed into an "eight foot mountain of white fur." He has killed and eaten his caretaker, manifests mental instability, and is rapidly gathering followers. Ripred recommends that he be killed immediately to avert further trouble. But it is already too late. When Queen Luxa receives a message from the mice asking for help, she and Gregor set out secretly, only to discover that entire mouse colonies have been obliterated. The rats, led by the Bane, intend to exterminate the whole mouse race by any means possible and then attack the humans of Regalia. This fourth book in The Underland Chronicles seems primarily transitional,: identifying possible genocide, hinting at prophecies, and leaving Regalia arming to fight an onslaught of giant rats. While Gregor and Luxa brave renegade rats, volcanoes, and scorpions to save the mice, they are forced instead to watch hundreds of them die, unable to help. Gregor faces the unavoidable consequences of his decision to allow the Bane to live. He begins to mature from a boy into a warrior, almost loses his sister a second time, and even falls in love. Fans will be panting for this next installment that follows Gregor and the Curse of the Warm Bloods (Scholastic, 2005/VOYA October 2005). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined asgrades 7 to 9). 2006, Scholastic, 336p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Nancy K. Wallace
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-No good deed goes unpunished in the fourth installment in the popular series. Gregor and his sister Boots are regular visitors to Underland, where their mother is slowly recovering from injuries incurred in the previous episode. Gregor is supposed to be studying echolocation with his rat friend, Ripred the Gnawer, but he's doing very badly. Ripred has his own problems, largest of which is Bane, the once-sweet little baby Gnawer whom the protagonist refused to kill in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Scholastic, 2004). Bane, now a half-grown monster of a rat, is surprisingly charismatic yet emotionally stunted and easily controlled by the forces of evil. When Queen Luxa gets a message that the mice that saved her life in the jungle are in trouble, she and Gregor head out to investigate, accompanied by her cousin Howard, several bats, Gregor's sisters, and a brave cockroach named Temp. The breathless pace, intense drama, and extraordinary challenges will leave fans clamoring for the conclusion of this fine series.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this, the penultimate volume in "The Underland Chronicles," Collins begins to gather herself for the grand finale. Gregor has been taking echolocation lessons with Ripred, the charismatic and violent outlaw rat, and after one session he introduces Gregor to Bane, the white-rat pup Gregor spared in defiance of prophecy (Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, 2004). Bane is now some eight feet tall and still growing, and thoroughly, dangerously mad. Shortly after this introduction, both Ripred and Bane go missing, and Queen Luxa discovers that the mice who succored her in the jungle (Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, 2005) have also disappeared, leaving only one enigmatic Mark of Secret. Flying bat-back into the depths of the Underland go Gregor and Luxa, Luxa's cousins Howard and Hazard, Gregor's little sister Boots and the faithful cockroach Temp. A customarily eventful trip through Hades Hall to the Firelands leads the band to both the mice and Bane, who has his own Final Solution in mind for the entire mouse race. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers gasping as Gregor goes chasing another prophecy, the direst yet. (Fiction. 9-14)
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Kirkus Starred
In this penultimate volume in "The Underland Chronicles," Collins begins to gather herself for the grand finale. Gregor has been taking echolocation lessons with Ripred, the charismatic and violent outlaw rat, and after one session he introduces Gregor to Bane, the white-rat pup Gregor spared in defiance of prophecy (Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, 2004). Bane is now some eight feet tall and still growing, and thoroughly, dangerously mad. Shortly after this introduction, both Ripred and Bane go missing, and Queen Luxa discovers that mice who succored her in the jungle (Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, 2005) have also disappeared, leaving only one enigmatic Mark and Hazard, Gregor's little sister Boots and the faithful cockroach Tornp. A customarily eventful trip through Hades Hall to the Firelands leads the band to both the mice and Bane, who has his own Final Solution in mind for the entire mouse race. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers gasping as Gregor goes chasing another prophecy, the direst yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545318174
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Underland Chronicles Series , #4
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
45,643
File size:
491 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 272 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of my top 10 books i've ever read in the book gregor goes into the underland every day with boots to train and hang out but one day luxa gets a call from some old friends and drags gregor on an adventure that ends up bringing a whole team in and some old characters back it is a thrilling adventure rollercoster of with epic heroism
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! The whole series bring me in and make me want to read them over and over again!!!! LOVE IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a very suspenful book and think it is just as good as the hunger games series. I recomend it to every body. Susan collions is one of those rare writers that can make every book better than the last. Susan collions is my family and my favorite writer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are soo good you wont beable to pull your self away it soo good it a mixture of percy jackson and hunger games two of my favoritw seris
june10m More than 1 year ago
i read this book i about 5 days, and i could not put this book down so anyone, who thinks about buying this book,they should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read every Underland book there is! I wish there was a 6 th book- so awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fourth grade teacher read the first book and got everyone hooked on it and all the others.it was a fight for the books kinda like hunger games fight to the dearh!!!!!!
Julia Dinmore More than 1 year ago
Absolutely+stunning
Hayden McIntire More than 1 year ago
its the ultiment book in the series
Kayla Giannini More than 1 year ago
soooooooooo great love the books cant wait to finish this book ther soooo exiting. love um :)
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Gregor and the Marks of Secret," by Suzanne Collins is the fourth book in the action-packed Underland Chronicles. Suspense builds with every chapter, making this book impossible to put down! With an interesting plot and unique characters, this book will definitely not disappoint any fans! "Gregor and the Marks of Secret" is an absorbing adventure with not one dull moment! After finishing this book, readers will want to get their hands on the fifth book, "Gregor and the Code of Claw," as soon as possible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach 7th grade students, and it is very difficult to persuade many students to read. The Underland Chronicles are the first books that got these students involved in the process. I personally find the elements of suspense wonderful, and these books completely worthy of being read by adults. Having read The Marks of Secret, I only find one flaw: I have to wait an entire year to read The Code of Claw. Thanks to Suzanne Collins for helping my students fall in love with reading and me to fall back in love with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book picks up soon afer the end of 'Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods'. Gregor's mother is still recovering from the Plague in the Underland hospital. He and Boots make regular trips to visit with her and to spend time with Luxa, Hazard and the other Regalians. His battle training with Ripred continues (he is still lousy at fighting in the dark) and he soon learns of a surprising turn of events involving Bane (the white rat whose life he spared at the conclusion of 'Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane'). A party, a rhyme and a mysterious delivery lead our heroes on another quest, with Suzanne Collins' ever-expected mix of danger, humor, pathos and amazing storytelling. The stakes are high, but with a comrade like Ripred at your side (or is that throat...or on your nerves, perhaps?) our protagonists cannot help but perservere. Aside from the Newbery Award shelves, I can only think of a handful of ' Young Reader' titles that have such rich allegory and power (all in easy to read 11 point type). This series would be a great way of introducing some of the issues of our society (especially war) into the family dialogue. Its captivating in its detail and has an engaging enough cast and plot twists to involve all ages of fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soooo good! It only took me a little over a week to read the WHOLE series. Great for people who love percy jackson, harry potter, or the hunger games. I just Suzanne Collins would continue the series or at least add an epilouge.
cindylb More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy cheeseballs!!!best series EVER!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GO RIPRED! GO ARES! U WILL LUV DIS BOOK I PROMISE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go ripred
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm lovin' it!( The series!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't be disappointed.
Hiedi Touney More than 1 year ago
There are so many to explan it:advantures,exciting,and just as good as the hunger games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i love this series;)!!!!
Gladys Vargas More than 1 year ago
I seriously want to read this book, I love this series sooooo much! But I read them too fast. Im still waiting for an ebook version at the library. Does anyone know a place where I can get this ebook for FREE??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sparrowhawk24 9 months ago
Gregor and the Marks of Secret is a book I am finding difficult to review. It would be easy to simply say the book was pleasantly engaging and full of the fantastical chaos I crave from the middle-grade genre, but then I would be lying. Granted, the book does feature the aforementioned; at the same time, however, owing to how shrewdly this book evolved into an increasingly dark storyline I was left agape! That said, I greatly appreciated the thought-provoking themes and allegorical representation of historical events that hit too close to home – I really liked it! ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + While Gregor and the Marks of Secret is – at hindsight – a middle-grade fantasy novel, it exudes very realistic overtones. At its core, it’s a story that depicts the unrelenting cycle of hearsay and how hearsay perpetually starts wars (sigh). It goes deeper than this and while I wish I could elaborate more on the topic, I would only be giving away spoilers, but I will say that in light of the debacle that is presently unfolding in America’s political campaign, this book did resonate deeply with me. There was one passage in particular that truly shook me to the core and reminded me that while I find immense pleasure in reading fiction, fiction is “one rationalization away from reality,” words heeded by Neal Shusterman. “He will find followers, because he’s the Bane. He’s got the white coat, and the size, and enough hatred brewing inside him to wipe out the Underland as we know it. Most rats will overlook the fact that he’s unbalanced, because he’ll be telling them exactly what they want to hear. They’ve been starved too long, and then so many died from the plague. . .especially the pups. No, the gnawers won’t care who he is or what he does if he brings them revenge.” It behooves to say that this passage reminded me exceedingly of Donald Trump and the toxic rhetoric he is spewing ― a sort of “American retribution” if you will, for American’s who “have been starved too long;” thus, gnawers American’s don’t care who he is or what he does so long as he deals out some sort of reckoning. + The story evoked more emotional response than the previous books and I really enjoyed how the overall premise emerged into more climatic conditions ― the Bane steps into a tyrannical role spreading radical nationalism, there is widespread pandemic in the Underland caused by atrocious acts of genocide, a young queen who is not well versed in the political scheme of things steps into a pivotal role by declaring war on Regalia’s enemies. + What made Gregor and the Marks of Secret amazing, in my perspective, was how devoted the book was to developing Luxa’s and Gregor’s character arcs; and why wouldn’t they be? Given the dire circumstance, they showed enormous feats of wisdom, strength, courage, and maturity. I additionally loved seeing how certain events drastically altered their personalities and journey’s. Full review @ http://www.mysoulcalledlife.com/2016/03/18/book-review-gregor-and-the-marks-of-secret-by-suzanne-collins/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago