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The Suburb Beyond the Stars

Book Two of the Norumbegan Quartet


A year ago, Brian and Gregory played a strange, magical game up in the mountains of Vermont. Now they have to travel back up to that dark, enchanted woodland on the slopes. They believe that something awakened deep in the forest during the game is invading nearby neighborhoods and creeping over lawns. Something seems angry that houses are being built near ancient alien ruins … Something powerful and clearly evil.

When the boys get to the mountains, they find that Gregory’s cousin has disappeared. The neighbors seem dazed. Someone is trying to kill Brian. And at night, something stalks between the houses, snatching people away.

Gregory and Brian are about to discover that there is more at stake in those mountains than a game: It could be the fate of humanity itself.

(This book is the sequel to The Game of Sunken Places.)

Boston Globe 10 Best Kid’s Books of 2010. “This narrative provides action and more action — chase scenes and villains foiled. But what always distinguishes Anderson is his delicious use of language… Everyone comes away smiling.” — Boston Globe

“Anderson dishes up another strange and masterful tale.” — Kirkus (starred review)

“Deadpan creepiness and even deadlier spikes of humor… A funny and eerie tale told with impeccable writing.” — Booklist

“A fun and gripping read, with action, suspense, and creepy monsters that will keep readers up late.” — School Library Journal