The Empire of Gut and Bone

The Empire of Gut and Bone

By M. T. Anderson

Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545138840, 324pp.

Publication Date: June 2011


Murder! Mystery! Rebellion! From bestselling and National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson, a third visit to the world of THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES.

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.

About the Author
M.T. Anderson is the author of the Pals in Peril series; "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing", which won the National Book Award; "The Game of Sunken Places"; "Burger Wuss"; "Thirsty"; and "Feed", which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book, and the winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at

Praise For The Empire of Gut and Bone

Praise for M. T. Anderson's

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


* 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.”