The land of New Norumbega is an unusual one - an empire of gut and bone, lost within the organs of a huge, alien body. At its dark, dry heart is a ruling class that doesn't care about much besides itself, especially its mechanical servants, who are tired of being taken for granted. 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.
About 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.
Praise for M. T. Anderson's EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE
“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.” – School Library Journal
“Anderson's razor-sharp wit is on full display in this talky adventure, full of snappy, cross-species insultery and persistently high-brow absurdism.” – Booklist
“Returning fans will find the unapologetically intellectual looniness uncannily, happily familiar.” – Kirkus Reviews