Automotive Holiday Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Black Friday egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Luxury Beauty Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Black Friday Deals Entertainment Collectibles Shop Now DOTD
Undertown and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $10.36 (58%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Undertown has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has appearance of only minimal use. All pages are undamaged with no significant creases or tears. With pride from Motor City. All books guaranteed. Best Service, Best Prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Undertown Hardcover – March 5, 2013

1 customer review

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$0.98 $0.01

$7.59 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more | Shop now

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Timothy Murphy still hasn't recovered from his mother's death when his dad announces that they will be spending the day with his new girlfriend and her daughter, Jessamyn Hazard, who attends the same school as Timothy. He is not looking forward to a day of sailing and having to share his father's attention. When his dad and Miranda make a stop for egg creams, the middle schoolers decide to play a prank on their parents and unhook the boat trailer from the car, thinking the worst that would happen would be that their parents would pull away without them. Instead the trailer and boat take off down a hill and the two kids go careening across Manhattan and end up falling into a gaping construction hole. Timothy and Jessamyn find themselves floating on the sailboat in the city's storm sewer. They decide to evade the rescue team as long as they can, leading to trouble as they meet the cast of characters that dwell in "Undertown." Not knowing whom to trust, they learn to think on their feet in order to escape Undertown's evil ruler. The action goes back and forth between what is going on aboveground, where the adults are in rescue mode, and belowground. While the story starts out as a great adventure, the action underground may be predictable for older readers. However, the suspense is enough to hold the interest of younger ones, who will wonder if Timothy and Jessamyn will be captured and enslaved or rescued.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This classic hero’s journey is set against the detailed backdrop of New York City, both above ground and below. Timothy and Jessamyn are reluctantly thrown together on a sailing trip with their romantically involved single parents. Alarmed at the thought that the other’s parent might replace the missing one in their lives, the young teens concoct a plan to get back at the adults. But when they instead end up sliding beneath Manhattan into the vast New York sewer system, Timothy and Jessamyn must hang on for the ride of their lives. Navigating their small boat—called, naturally, the X-tra Large—they encounter giant rats, eccentric underground dwellers (such as a graffiti artist named DUO and the deceptively small yet dangerous Malomi), and their own fears. Bukiet’s first children’s outing veers between language carefully designed to appeal to its intended audience and occasionally sophisticated sentence structure and subjects that should instead engage far older readers. Dramatic and imaginative, this will probably most appeal to readers with a taste for the esoteric. Grades 6-8. --Julie Trevelyan

Hero Quick Promo
Holiday Deals in Kindle Books
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141970589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419705892
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Shepard on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fast paced and stunningly unique, Undertown succeeds not only as a coming of age story but as a novel fit for any age group or audience. Engaging, poignant, with wry humor and a confidence both in language and in knowledge, the book follows a fantastical journey undertaken by complicated and fully believable characters in a world half familiar, half spectacular.
Timothy Murphy and Jessamyn Hazard have both lost a parent. The two that remain are dating one another, and the teenagers are brought together for a day of sailing on Timothy and his father's boat, The X-tra Large. After rebelliously unhooking the sailboat from the car, the boat rolls backwards down a hill in upper Manhattan, taking the teenagers with it as it crashes through a construction hole and lands in Undertown, a world made of the storm tunnels beneath the city. In the chaos that ensues, Timothy and Jessamyn seek to avoid the police forces frantically searching for them, preferring the unfamiliar and newfound undertown to the world of grief, stress and anxiety above. On a series of adventures involving a graffiti artist, a homeless man named You, and an underground kingdom ruled by an austere queen and her enormous rats, the teenagers simultaneously navigate a dangerous, seductive and surreal world while grappling with `above' ground questions of identity, loss, companionship, and catharsis.
Engaging from the start, Bukiet has wonderfully rendered a story that is as far-reaching, humorous and bizarre as it is concise, moving, and utterly human.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Undertown
Price: $7.59
Ships from and sold by

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: rat cages