The Suburb Beyond the Stars

225p. 978-0-54513-882-6.
Gr 6—9—This sequel to The Game of Sunken Places (Scholastic, 2004) rejoins best friends Brian and Gregory after the supernatural Game has concluded. As winner, Brian is in charge of planning the next one, where two humans will compete to resolve the next round in the conflict between the elflike Thusser and Norumbregans. However, when monsters begin to stalk Brian and the friends learn that Gregory's cousin Prudence has disappeared, they realize that the Thusser are trying to change the rules and challenge the Norumbregans directly. The boys travel to Prudence's home and discover a supernatural neighborhood that is being invaded by monsters, and it's up to them to save the day. The conclusion sets the stage for another installment. Anderson's fans will know to expect plenty of action, loads of story twists, and a touch of humor, and new readers will be able to follow and enjoy the story. Brian's relationship with Gregory is a realistic friendship in transition, showing how the boys continue to grow and mature. This is 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.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
Gregory and Brian (The Game of Sunken Places) become involved in a dispute between two tribes of elfin creatures. Their mission takes them to a creepy suburb in Vermont, where people are being swallowed into the walls of their houses and the fate of the world is at stake. Like a good horror flick, the story is both disgusting and entertaining.

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