The Game of Sunken Places
The Game Of Sunken Places (The Norumbegan Quartet)
The Game of Sunken Places
M.T. Anderson
Top Choice
From the best-selling, award-winning author of FEED comes a fantastic, fun, and funny middle-grade adventure starring two of the most disarmingly deadpan boys you'll ever meetWhen Brian and Gregory receive an invitation to stay at a distant relative's strange manse . . . well, they should know better than to go, since this is a middle-grade adventure novel. But they go anyway. Why not? Once there, they stumble upon The Game of Sunken Places, a board game that mirrors a greater game for which they have suddenly became players. Soon the boys are dealing with attitudinal trolls, warring kingdoms, and some very starchy britches. Luckily, they have wit, deadpan observation, and a keen sense of adventure on their side.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Mystery

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
Profile Picture

Gregory recieves a strange invitation from his weird Uncle Max, instructing Gregory to come visit him in Vermont and bring "a companion." When they get there, Uncle Max picks him up in a horse-drawn carriage. When they reach Uncle Max's house, they find an old game board entitled "The Game of Sunken Places." Later they find an old egg timer bearing the same name, and when they flip it over, a trumpet sounds, and the Game begins. They meet many strange creatures, including a troll, an ogre, two warring fairy nations, and mechanical servants.

Profile Picture

This is a story about the time when two young boys, Brian and Gregory, and invited to their uncles house for a visit. In the house, they find a mysterious game board. They never knew that something so simple as a seemingly childs game could be the decision of their staying alive. I love the imagination of the author and their descriptions of the monsters and beasts in the book. Some of them were well known creatures, such as trolls, but many of them were completely made up by the author himself. The plot is a little bit hard to understand, because the history of the game is confusing.

To add your comments, login above or request a LitPick membership.

Bestselling Books at