The Suburb Beyond The Stars (The Norumbegan Quartet Series #2)

The Suburb Beyond The Stars (The Norumbegan Quartet Series #2)

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by M. T. Anderson
     
 

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From bestselling and National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson, a return to the world of THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES

Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not The Game of Sunken Places - Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. But still . . . when they go to

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From bestselling and National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson, a return to the world of THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES

Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not The Game of Sunken Places - Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. But still . . . when they go to visit a relative in the Vermont woods, they find many things are . . . off. Like, people aren't where they're supposed to be. And houses are everywhere. In fact, the houses seem to be taking over.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In their first adventure, Brian and Greg were the human pawns chosen to represent the Norumbegan world in the ancient game against the power hungry Thusser. As the victor, Brian is now excitedly planning the next game, but the Thusser are not playing by the rules. On his way home from a cello lesson, Brian is followed and almost killed by a monster. Then he and Greg discover that Prudence, who had helped before, is missing. The boys travel to Vermont, but are shocked that the forest has suddenly been replaced by a subdivision. Prudence's house has been ransacked and is literally covered in cat hair. Others in the subdivision are disappearing and the children seem dazed. Time is moving sporadically. The manager of the realty office is someone who died in their last adventure. He tells them that the Thusser will be in control and that human existence will end. Desperate, Brian and Greg join with Kalgrash, the friendly mechanical troll, to stop the Thusser. Young readers will gasp in fear and laugh uproariously at the adventures of this trio. The cliffhanger end finds them entering the realm of the Norumbegan leaders. Readers will eagerly await the next in this rollicking series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This sequel to The Game of Sunken Places (Scholastic, 2004) rejoins best friends Brian and Gregory after the supernatural Game has concluded. As winner, Brian is in charge of planning the next one, where two humans will compete to resolve the next round in the conflict between the elflike Thusser and Norumbregans. However, when monsters begin to stalk Brian and the friends learn that Gregory's cousin Prudence has disappeared, they realize that the Thusser are trying to change the rules and challenge the Norumbregans directly. The boys travel to Prudence's home and discover a supernatural neighborhood that is being invaded by monsters, and it's up to them to save the day. The conclusion sets the stage for another installment. Anderson's fans will know to expect plenty of action, loads of story twists, and a touch of humor, and new readers will be able to follow and enjoy the story. Brian's relationship with Gregory is a realistic friendship in transition, showing how the boys continue to grow and mature. This is 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.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The lads who played and won the deadly Game of Sunken Places (2004) discover that the powerful alien Thusser are back to conquer Earth-and this time they're Cheating. Brian and Gregory arrive in the seemingly ordinary town of Gerenford, Vt., to find that Gregory's intrepid cousin Prudence has been snatched, her house is growing cat hair on its inner walls and the local woods have all been replaced with tract housing inhabited by weirdly dazed suburbanites. Plainly, all is not right. Trotting in tough new monsters to go with some met in the previous episode, the author pitches his protagonists into what soon becomes a desperate running battle that takes them (and a friendly, if talkative, giant armored troll) deep underground to a climactic face-off with the scary and multi-tentacled Gelt the Winnower. Leaving the trio plunging through an interdimensional gateway in search of help for humanity, Anderson dishes up another strange, exhausting and masterful tale-with at least a promise of further sequels. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545138826
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Norumbegan Quartet Series, #2
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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