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Empire of Gut and Bone

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Murder! Mystery! Rebellion! From bestselling and National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson, a third visit to the world of THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES.

The land of New Norumbega is an unusual one--an empire of gut and bone, a kingdom of blood and mucus. At its dark, dry heart is a ruling class that doesn't care about much besides itself . . . and a ruler who is (literally) a one-eyed stump of flesh.
Brian and Gregory have come to New ...

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The Norumbegan Quartet #3: The Empire of Gut and Bone

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Overview


Murder! Mystery! Rebellion! From bestselling and National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson, a third visit to the world of THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES.

The land of New Norumbega is an unusual one--an empire of gut and bone, a kingdom of blood and mucus. At its dark, dry heart is a ruling class that doesn't care about much besides itself . . . and a ruler who is (literally) a one-eyed stump of flesh.
Brian and Gregory have come to New Norumbega for a reason--to get the Norumbegans to help them thwart an alien attack back home on earth. But instead, the two boys find themselves caught up in both a robot rebellion and a murder mystery after one of the Norumbegan leaders is sent to sleep . . . permanently.
In New Norumbega, it's very hard to know who to trust. There are assassins around every corner, and secrets pave every conversation. Brian and Gregory will be lucky to make it out alive, never sure if they are meant to catch the murderer . . . or be the killer's next victim.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—At the end of The Suburb Beyond the Stars (Scholastic, 2010), Brian and Gregory passed through a portal to the world of the Norumbegans to enlist help in defeating the Thussers, who have defied the rules of the game that was supposed to settle the ancient conflict between these two peoples. To their dismay, Brian and Gregory discover a lazy, morose people who have no desire to revive the rules. The Norumbegans now live within an alien body, deceiving themselves from facing the fact that they have descended into squalor. Their servant automatons are now revolting, however politely, against them. Brian and Gregory are flung into the role of detectives as they try to solve the murder of the Norumbegan Regent and save the life of their automaton troll friend Kalgrash, who is suspected of the crime. Anderson has done nothing less than create a true American fantasy with inspiration from a mythological New England settlement. He has fashioned an ongoing work that is a worthy successor to the books of Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander. It also doesn't hurt that the author's wit is running on all cylinders here, and he never squanders an opportunity to unleash amazing verbal pyrotechnics. This book is not for readers new to the quartet, but as the penultimate book in the series, it offers a thrilling conclusion.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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Praise for M. T. Anderson's
THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES

“Highly original and enormously entertaining”
– The New York Times Book Review

* “Anderson builds to a climactic series of surprises that, exploding like fireworks, will almost certainly dazzle readers.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “Deliciously scary, often funny, this tour de force leaves one marveling at Anderson's ability.”
– Booklist, starred review

And
THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS

* “A masterful tale.”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A fun and gripping read, with action, suspense, and creepy monsters that will keep readers up late – and make them want to keep the lights on.”
– School Library Journal

“A funny and eerie tale told with impeccable writing, and at minimum, kids will come away a bit smarter just for having read it.”
– Booklist

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
The third entry in the "Norumbegan Quartet," Anderson's mystery/adventure requires our heroes Brian and Gregory to rally the forces of the New Norumbegan court to help turn back an invasion of Earth. The court is in a strange world. Everyone, the humans, and androids alike live inside an alien body. Brian and Gregory's task gets harder as they get caught in a robot rebellion and the murder of one of the court members. The boys set out to solve the murder, hoping it will help with the bigger issue of Earth's invasion. Yet even as they work, they uncover more secrets. Who can they trust? How can they get out? And if they get out will they be able to save Earth? This book is a page-turner even without reading the first two of the series. The dynamics of the two boys rings true and provides an interesting character development that contrasts nicely with the non-stop action. Recommended for fifth-graders and up. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—At the end of The Suburb Beyond the Stars (Scholastic, 2010), Brian and Gregory passed through a portal to the world of the Norumbegans to enlist help in defeating the Thussers, who have defied the rules of the game that was supposed to settle the ancient conflict between these two peoples. To their dismay, Brian and Gregory discover a lazy, morose people who have no desire to revive the rules. The Norumbegans now live within an alien body, deceiving themselves from facing the fact that they have descended into squalor. Their servant automatons are now revolting, however politely, against them. Brian and Gregory are flung into the role of detectives as they try to solve the murder of the Norumbegan Regent and save the life of their automaton troll friend Kalgrash, who is suspected of the crime. Anderson has done nothing less than create a true American fantasy with inspiration from a mythological New England settlement. He has fashioned an ongoing work that is a worthy successor to the books of Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander. It also doesn't hurt that the author's wit is running on all cylinders here, and he never squanders an opportunity to unleash amazing verbal pyrotechnics. This book is not for readers new to the quartet, but as the penultimate book in the series, it offers a thrilling conclusion.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
Kirkus Reviews

The third of what is now billed as the Norumbegan Quartet, this sequel toGame of Sunken Places(2004) andSuburb Beyond the Stars(2010) gives new meaning to the term "introspective."

Bent on tracking down the elven Norumbegans in order to save Vermont from an invasion of dream-sucking Thusser, Brian, Gregory and the mechanical troll Kalgrash pass through an interdimensional curtain—to find themselves inside an organic alien body. It is so vast that entire cities of both Norumbegans and their now-rebellious mechanical servants have sprung up despite sudden destructive floods of ichor and other bodily fluids. Arriving at the capital city in, literally, the heart of the "Empire of the Innards," the trio discovers that the elves are an effete, degenerate lot dwelling in a slum, wrapped up in their own intrigues and about to be assaulted by the teeming hordes of resentful mechanicals they created. Along with tucking in plenty of poker-faced absurdity, Anderson really stacks the deck here. Not only are the boys able to raise no more than flickers of interest in their cause from their self-absorbed hosts, they become embroiled in a murder investigation. Worse yet, as the relentless Thusser spread back on Earth, they also begin appearing in the Empire.

Readers new to the series will find themselves hopelessly lost; returning fans will find the unapologetically intellectual looniness uncannily, happily familiar.(Fantasy. 12-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545138840
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Norumbegan Quartet Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


M.T. Anderson is the author of The Game of Sunken Places; the National Book Award-winning, Michael L. Printz Honor book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party; and the Michael L Printz Honor book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom of Waves, as well as Feed and Thirsty. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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