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

Series: The Norumbegan Quartet

by M. T. Anderson


Scholastic Press
June 2011


Fiction
Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2011023888


Lexile measure: 710L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z

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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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M. T. Anderson

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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  • 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

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    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

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