The Underers

The Underers : A Spooky Novel For Kids

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Journee Blake hates everything. She can't stand the way she looks. She despises her brother. And she's so tired of constantly having to move because her father can't keep a job.

With no friends, no allies at home, and no hope of things getting better soon, the last thing she needs is one more problem. Unfortunately, a much bigger problem is right under her nose. She's convinced strange beings live under her house.

Between struggling to fit in at school, a father who blames her for mysterious messes in the house, and all the other things wrong in her life, she now has to figure out how a house she knows she cleaned ends up in such disarray.

A brief investigation proves her hunch is right. Strange, white glowing beings known as the Underers are to blame. When she discovers their magical world 101 steps beneath her bed, she's elated at the prospect of having the perfect secret family... until they make an unreasonable request.

Now she must choose between meeting their demands or losing them forever.

Perfect for readers between Grade 2 - 6 in the US or Years 3 - 7 in the UK.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 12mm | 236g
  • New Zealand
  • English
  • 0473548658
  • 9780473548650
  • 2,957,560

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As soon as you meet Journee you feel sorry for her. She's so relatable as the girl going through the world with added pressures of constantly moving around. But then she hears something and then she sees something and then she almost becomes someone... almost. It's spooky, it's funny, it's relatable, it's sad and yet really happy at the same time. I wish when I was her age I'd found a secret door. Highly recommended read, for youngish and old. Well written and engaging. Can't wait for the next step for Journee.

J. Fromen

We love Justin's books! This was awesome and a bit spookier than Freakout Island. I want some alien friends like Journee!


I know what Journee feels like because I just started a new school, and I'm always getting blamed for my brothers mess too.'

MACK (7)

Justin Christopher is the modern day, Kiwi version of Roald Dahl. We used his books to bond at bed time while we were separated during lockdown. Whether it was My Best Worst Year, Freakout Island, or now The Underers, he has fast become a staple at bedtime at the Ward whare. Every night we hear the chorus of 'one more chapter Dad?'. Thanks Justin and keep them coming - we're sharing them around the extended whanau and can't wait to see what's next!

D. Ward.

Christopher never cease to amaze with this cleaver, thrilling, funny, and suspiciously spooky story telling. A young girl finds courage and strength 101 steps below her family home. The beast of bullying is defeated one adventurous step at a time. The Underers delivers a fine message for ALL ages; "Often in life the things we [fear] or worry about never come true."

C. Hayward, New Zealand

The Underers is a relatable and inspirational story for kids who feel bullied. In particular, the scenes with the 'eye shiner' and the filthy rat in Journee's classroom are great metaphors for confronting her bigger challenges and fears. I sincerely enjoyed reading The Underers.

J Broom
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16 ratings
4.69 out of 5 stars
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4 6% (1)
3 12% (2)
2 0% (0)
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