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Undertown

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Undertown

No young teen likes the fact that their only living parent might be enjoying the company of someone new since the untimely death of their respective loved ones. However, in the realm of life, that is what is happening. Timothy, Tom's son, is not happy that his father is seeing the mother of a girl, Jessamyn, who he causually knows from school. But the fact is the parents are seeing each other, and now Timothy and Jessamyn are being pulled together to go on a "family" trip aboard Timothy and his dad's newly purchased custom-made, one of a kind, fabulous sailboat the "X-tra Large."
 
"Frantic parents, police, civil engineers and news media, as well as the two very brave and courageous kids who sail their broken vessel throughout the underground system, have made this book a riveting and exciting read."
 
Along with baskets of food, the four venture out for a day of sailing but along the way, stop in Midtown in New York for a special treat of egg creams from a well-known deli. While the parents go inside for their treats, Jessamyn believes it would be a cool trick to unhitch the boat trailer from the vehicle and see how far their parents would get before they realized the boat was no longer hitched behind them; so Jessamyn does it. But to their astonishment, the boat begins to slip away from the pickup and slide backwards, down the street, past shops and buildings, through a construction site and into the sewers of Manhattan. As the boat slips off its trailer and went down, down into the depths of the tricky, vast and unpredicitable NYC water sewer system, incredible adventures wait around each corner --- they sail underneath the city streets, famous buildings, hospitals and even Central Park.
 
Frantic parents, police, civil engineers and news media, as well as the two very brave and courageous kids who sail their broken vessel throughout the underground system, have made this book a riveting and exciting read. Timothy and Jessamyn, alias "Jake and Kat," encounter strange and unseemly characters along their journey, some who are dishonest and creepy and some incredibly interesting. They see beautitul wall graffiti and hear eery sounds throughout their adventure to say the least. UNDERTOWN, as the sewer system is called, is as unique and unusual as anyone could possibly imagine. And their final adventure is ingenious.
 
The author's descriptions of New York landmarks and storytelling were very well done. The characters were well-designated and I was easily drawn to each in their own way. This book is also fast-paced and exciting! 

Reviewed by Cyndie Stetson on March 6, 2013

Undertown
by Melvin Jules Bukiet

  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Genres: Adventure, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • ISBN-10: 141970589X
  • ISBN-13: 9781419705892