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Underworld: Newly Rejacketed

Press: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
Author Name:MacPhail, Cathy


A school trip goes disastrously wrong when a visit to local caves turns into something far more sinister. 
Five students find themselves trapped beneath the ground.
Their best chance of escape is to stay together.
Then a member of the group disappears, and their hopes of leaving start to fade.
Does one of the remaining four know more than they are letting on, or is there something evil lurking in the caves? The students find themselves struggling for dominance as well as survival .

From Booklist

Smart-mouth Fiona; innocent, always cheerful Angie; prefect (and perfect) Zesh; angry bad-boy Axel; Axel's follower Liam--all are selected for the class trip, spelunking with PE teacher Mr.
The teens hate each other aboveground, but once they go below, circumstances eventually force them to support and care for each other.
MacPhail writes a suspenseful adventure story, sprinkled with Scotttish slang, which will attract males and females alike.
The author teases readers with the characters' personal obstacles, such as asthma, fear of small spaces, obesity, indecision, and mean-spiritedness--all potentially dangerous under the conditions.
The legend of a cave-dwelling giant worm adds further suspense.
Reminiscent of reality TV, this page-turner will draw eager readers.
Frances BradburnCopyright © American Library Association.
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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Praise for Cathy MacPhail: Young adult fiction is going from strength to strength, led by authors like Catherine MacPhail The Bookseller Cathy MacPhail's novels are tuned to how teenagers talk and behave Times Educational Supplement Praise for Underworld: Underworld is written in the typical page-turning style that we have come to expect from Cathy MacPhail, and this makes it an absorbing read The Bookseller Anything by Cathy MacPhail is unputdownable -- Julia Donaldson Guardian

About the Author

Catherine MacPhail won the Kathleen Fidler Award for her first novel, Run Zan Run, and the Scottish Arts Council Award for her second novel, Fighting Back. 
Her other books for Bloomsbury include Dark Waters, Another Me, and Missing.
Catherine MacPhail's work is enormously popular with teenagers, her trademarks being a mix of humor and pacy, topical storylines.


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  •     Five young cavers who hate each other at school become trapped when a field trip to a desolate island injures their teacher and traps them underground. Now they find themselves struggling for survival: a struggle which forces them to confront their fears and get along, if they're to survive. Catherine MacPhail's Underworld is high adventure and interpersonal struggle at its best.

  •     An old man suffers from memories of a nightmare that no one believes could ever have existed. As he begins to tell his terrible story, five Scottish teens are about to descend into a nightmare of their own. They all dislike one another immensely and lead very different lives. There's Axel, the bully; Liam, the quiet one; Zesh, the seemingly perfect student; Fiona, the rebel; and Angie, the overweight new girl. When they are sent on a school trip together to a wild island in the North Sea, they think they couldn't be in a worse situation.A few days later, their teacher Mr. Marks announces that he is taking the students on an underground cave expedition. No one --- except for Zesh and Angie --- is looking forward to another boring afternoon with Mr. Marks. Then a disgruntled cook named Mrs. Soames tells the teens about the legend of the Great Worm. Apparently there was a Nazi soldier who saw the horrific creature when he and his comrades sought shelter in the caves after their submarine sunk. The students don't believe the legend and dismiss the cook's story.The following day is at first uneventful as the group is led on the expedition. Then, suddenly the entrance to the caves collapses and the students are trapped inside. If that weren't terrible enough, Mr. Marks falls and is badly injured. The teens now must find a way out while confronting their worst fears, and each other.UNDERWORLD is a chilling mystery that will draw readers in after the first page. --- Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle (...)


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