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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
"Try living out your dreams, no matter what the consequences. Too often in life, we regret the things we didn't do, more than the things we've done." Allen Williams had his own dreams for his life and it was not working at Cross Brothers' Meat Packing Plant. He had already made plans and dreamed of being a history teacher like Mr. Ryan Richards, his teacher in school, so that his life will change for the better. Things take a different turn when his father suffers a heart attack. Allen has to take on the responsibility of the family and his dreams for the future lie dormant. Though fate forces him to follow in his father's footsteps, Allen doesn’t lose his indomitable spirit and the will to live his dreams. Along with his friends living in South Philly, he goes to explore the tunnels under Philadelphia and experiences an adventure of a lifetime.
Five Beneath Philly by Tom Richmond and Susan Bandy is a story of struggles, challenges, adventure, friendship, and love where readers learn about Allen's zest to live and not give in despite the setback he faces in life. The adventure with his friends is exhilarating and the discovery of the tunnels that led one house to another gives another layer to the plot, making it exciting and entertaining. There is an element of mystery in the plot connected with the underground tunnels. The narration is detailed and descriptive, making the story tangible to readers. Allen's attitude to life is endearing and encouraging and though he had to remain in Philly, it is inspiring to observe him making his life happen instead of it dampening his spirit. The story will also make readers realize how important it is to accept reality and change the way we perceive our lives and surroundings to make life happy and satisfying.