The Chamber in the Sky (The Norumbegan Quartet Series #4)

The Chamber in the Sky (The Norumbegan Quartet Series #4)

by M. T. Anderson
     
 

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From National Book Award and Printz Honor winner M.T. Anderson comes the amazing conclusion to his Norumbegan Quartet!

Brian and Gregory have seen it all. They've played a strange, twisty game and won, and then created their own...sort of. They've gone to investigate intergalactic suburban sprawl that was infringing on the Vermont forests, and landed in the

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From National Book Award and Printz Honor winner M.T. Anderson comes the amazing conclusion to his Norumbegan Quartet!

Brian and Gregory have seen it all. They've played a strange, twisty game and won, and then created their own...sort of. They've gone to investigate intergalactic suburban sprawl that was infringing on the Vermont forests, and landed in the empire of New Norumbega inside the huge body of an alien. They've escaped certain death, walked right into it, and wreaked small amounts of havoc of their own. And finally, they're going to make sense of all their travels and adventures...if they possibly can!
Part fantasy, part mystery, part quest, part Monty Python, the Game of Sunken Places #4 brings to a close the incredible, strange, funny journey of Brian and Gregory, as only the masterful M. T. Anderson could.

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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

Kirkus Reviews
Frequent shifts in point of view amid a welter of journeys, captures, escapes, lampoonery and alien invasions cap the Norumbegan Quartet with a patchwork close. The psycho-vampiric Thusser continue to conquer Vermont while mounting a massive attack through an interdimensional gateway on the degenerate elves living in the innards of a continent-sized Great Body. Meanwhile, Brian and Gregory, along with hot if easily distracted elven companion Gwynyfer and doglike bacterium Tars Tarkas, set out to contact the remote Rules Keepers--a convenient, one-step way to bring the invaders to heel. Anderson sends his contentious young adventurers down a country-sized intestinal tract and through encounters with fungal mystics and other biota into captivity in a Thusser prison built from hardened phlegm. As he does, the author makes increasingly rapid-fire cuts from that world to this one, from the advancing hordes of genuinely creepy Thusser to the comically self-absorbed elves and other previously met characters. Just as his tale shows signs of being wrung dry of both satiric juice and bodily fluids, the author engineers a dizzying, last-moment save. Better-read fans will discern strains from Swift, Tolkien, Burroughs and others (not to mention Grey's Anatomy and Fantastic Voyage) within this climactic orchestral cacophony of ickiness and farce. (Burlesque horror. 11-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545334938
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Series:
Norumbegan Quartet Series, #4
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
772,595
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
680L (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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