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February 22, 2008

Tunnels: The Next Harry Potter?

Filed under: books — Tags: , , , , — newshugs @ 12:21 am

tunnels.jpgTunnels is about a 14-year old boy, appropriately named Will Burrows, who loves to dig. When his father disappears, he digs his way into an underworld. The book, published first in the UK, is now for sale in the US. Some are calling it the next Harry Potter, partly because the man who discovered the book, Barry Cunningham, also discovered J.K. Rowling.

Amazon had more than one million preorders. Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, neither a writer to start, wrote the book together. They self-published 2,500 copies of the book before they found a publisher.

Publisher’s Weekly, which reviews books, dissed it: 

Encumbered by verbose and flat descriptions (“His whole being emanated evil, and his dark eyes never left Will’s, who felt a wave of dread wash over him…. {Will] was unable to tear his gaze from the sinister man, whose thin lips twisted into a sardonic smile”), the novel is nearly one-third over before the boys enter the underground Colony-where they are promptly imprisoned and tortured. 

But kids are loving it.

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5 Comments »

  1. Please send me a free book my freinds tell me it is awesome

    Comment by zach — June 1, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

  2. it is awesome, but i can’t give you a free book. sorry. I don’t have one, but i’ll tell you this: it’s worth getting. i’ll give you my word, this book is not one to pass by. it only costs 10$ at a scholastic book fair.

    Comment by ddduuudddeee — June 14, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

  3. i need information on when the author roderick was born and things like that because im doing a research project on him. I will be very gratefull if you help. Also its a very good book :)

    Comment by Arthur — February 2, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

  4. That book rocks! I have read it a billion times, its SO good! Its really suspensful and a lot of excitment!

    Comment by Pete — February 14, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  5. is a great book !

    Comment by mieney — July 16, 2009 @ 11:08 am


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