The Game of Sunken Places

260 pages

English language

Published Jan. 12, 2004 by Scholastic Press.

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3 stars (2 reviews)

When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure.

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2 stars

I did not set this book down. I read the whole thing—for me, that's what two stars means. However, to Anderson's detriment, I read this at the same time as Daniel Pinkwater's Neddiad. Here's how it happened. On a summer trip my wife and I started reading this book aloud, but didn't finish. On a later car trip with my father along as well, we started the Neddiad because we didn't want him to feel lost. After the trip, my wife and I had two unfinished books and we read that one first, and only now, for the sake of completeness, finished this one.

To avoid repeating myself in both reviews, both books contain a couple of older boys on a supernatural adventure where they constantly demand and are constantly denied any explanation. In both books the characters talk in a fairly quippy way; in Pinkwater's, the narrator is quippiest …

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