The Secret Underground

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Ally is the only witness to a bank robbery in her small town. Unable to block out the memory of the robbers, a notorious gang known as the Gauze Men, Ally joins her little brother and a bunch of neighborhood boys digging a hole in her backyard.

Only the hole isn't just a hole - it's a massive set of tunnels snaking beneath the neighborhood and heading for an abandoned steel mill. Ally is old enough to know the danger, but she reasons spending time with ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Ally is the only witness to a bank robbery in her small town. Unable to block out the memory of the robbers, a notorious gang known as the Gauze Men, Ally joins her little brother and a bunch of neighborhood boys digging a hole in her backyard.

Only the hole isn't just a hole - it's a massive set of tunnels snaking beneath the neighborhood and heading for an abandoned steel mill. Ally is old enough to know the danger, but she reasons spending time with sixth-grade heartthrob Paul is more fun than sitting at home with her worries. And dangerous it is - none of the kids' parents realize the tunnels exist, but the Gauze Men might.

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Editorial Reviews

author of MAY B - Caroline Starr Rose
"What kid doesn't imagine digging a hole and discovering something amazing? Natalie Bahm opens a world of adventure and intrigue for readers of THE SECRET UNDERGROUND."
author of BREAKING BEAUTIFUL - Jennifer Shaw Wolf
"With suspense, mystery, and lots and lots of dirt, Natalie Bahm crafts the perfect backyard adventure. I only wish the neighborhood I grew up in had been this cool."
author of TANGLED TIDES and GRASPING AT ETERNITY - Karen Hooper
"The Secret Underground made me want dirty fingernails. I don't care how old you are, this humorous and exciting tale of secrets and adventure is a must read."
author of THE SHIFTER - Janice Hardy
"Digging in the dirt hasn't been this much fun since HOLES!"
author of ON THE BRIGHT SIDE and UNTRACEABLE - SR Johannes
"Any boy or girl will love this "get down and dirty" adventure full of suspense, secrets, and thrills. A great debut!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620510636
  • Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie Bahm has four very little children and one normal-sized husband. When she's not changing diapers, scrubbing toilets, picking up toys, making food, or cleaning dog vomit off the carpet, you might find her writing stories.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    This was a fun read!  With enough adventure and mystery for boys

    This was a fun read!  With enough adventure and mystery for boys and a touch of middle grade romance for girls.
     I can't wait to read more by this author!  I think it's cool that all the proceeds from this book go to a little boy with a lot of medical needs.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    Secrets, danger, fear, and courage are all part of what Ally exp

    Secrets, danger, fear, and courage are all part of what Ally experiences during her twelfth year. At the beginning of the story, Ally witnesses a bank robbery and is left with nightmares and memories that she just cannot forget. She tries to divert her thoughts and fears by checking out the new backyard diggings that her brother and several neighborhood boys have begun. To her surprise she finds that these aren’t simply forts as the boys have led everyone to believe, but are actually part of an elaborate tunneling system the boys have created. They have their sights set on tunneling all the way to the abandoned steel mill that the boys know to be off limits, and Ally is determined to become a part of the digging gang. Parents are unaware of the dangerous activity their kids are up to and the kids want to keep it that way. The only problem is, the boys and girl are not the only ones who have discovered the tunnel. Dangers beyond their imagination await them.

    While I found this story very interesting and know that upper elementary aged readers would find the story fascinating, I am having a difficult time giving it a completely favorable review. Throughout the story the children lie or are deceptive to their parents, teachers and friends. They are involved in some very dangerous activities that could have led to devastating consequences. The parents in the book are unengaged with their children and in the end the consequences for the kids’ behavior does not match the seriousness of what they have done. I wish I could have given a more positive review. (rev. J.LaTour)

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for our honest review. Opinions are solely those of the reviewer.

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