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M. T. Anderson

Biography

M. T. Anderson

M. T. Anderson is an accomplished writer who has written a wide variety of titles, including works of fantasy and satire for a range of ages. Anderson grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated in English literature at Harvard University and Cambridge University, and went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

Before becoming a writer, Anderson held several other jobs, some of which he has used as inspiration for his writing. He worked as a burger flipper, a department store cashier and a radio DJ. His previous novels have included THIRSTY, a vampire novel, BURGER WUSS, a fast food revenge book and FEED, a futuristic satirical novel. FEED was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Award for YA fiction in 2003. It was additionally a finalist for the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Anderson has also written a number of children’s picture books.

In THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES, Brian and Gregory stay at a distant relative's home and stumble upon an old board game called The Game OF Sunken Places, that mirrors a greater game in which they have suddenly become players.  In the second book, THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS, Brian and Gregory continue to have strange experiences....people aren't where they're supposed to be, and houses are everywhere and seem to be taking over the world.  The third and final book, THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE, is published June 2011.  These imaginative, fast-paced fantasies are thrill rides that are part quest, part mystery, part fantasy, and part Abbott and Costello.

M. T. Anderson currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

M. T. Anderson

Books by M. T. Anderson

by M. T. Anderson - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth --- but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. 

by M. T. Anderson - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Anthony has never been able to stand up for himself --- that is, not until his girlfriend, Diana, is in someone else's arms. Then Anthony vows revenge and devises The Plan. It begins with getting a job at the fast-food restaurant where Turner (a.k.a. the guy who stole his girlfriend) happens to be a star employee. 

Written by M. T. Anderson with illustrations by Andrea Offermann - Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Mythology

Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur’s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes, readers are --- at first glance --- transported into a classic Arthurian romance. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. 

by M. T. Anderson - History, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history --- almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized and commemorated his fellow citizens --- the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.

by M. T. Anderson - Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon --- a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

by M. T. Anderson - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 10+

Brian and Gregory have seen it all. They've escaped certain death, walked right into it, and wreaked small amounts of havoc of their own. And finally, they're going to make sense of all their travels and adventures...if they possibly can! THE CHAMBER IN THE SKY brings to a close their incredible, strange and funny journey.

written by M. T. Anderson, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

Our intrepid heroes are home from their Delaware crime-stopping excitement, only to discover that Lily's mom has become possessed by a menacing zombie who wants to take over the world. (Or, at least, the world of stage and screen.) Thank goodness Lily's friends Katie, Jasper, and foxy Blue-Hen-State monk Drgnan Pghlik are around to help save the day.

by M. T. Anderson - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 10+

On Earth, aliens approach --- and they’re not the friendly type. Brian and Gregory have set out for the land of New Norumbega to see if the Norumbegans will help them fight the aliens. But New Norumbega is a place unlike any other: an empire of gut and bone, quite literally, made of everything that’s inside a body. And the two boys find themselves smack in the middle of a murder mystery and a robot rebellion.

by M. T. Anderson, K. L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, An Na, and Jacqueline Woodson - Fiction, Short Stories

What's the line that separates childhood from the "real world"? And what happens when the "real world" is nothing you imagined it would be? Six award-winning authors --- M. T. Anderson, K. L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, An Na and Jacqueline Woodson --- tackle the subject of the "real world" in this collection of pieces about graduation, suicide, pregnancy, death, pain, love and loss.

by M. T. Anderson - Historical Fiction

Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British-occupied Boston. Sundered from all he knows --- the College of Lucidity, the rebel cause --- Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. Instead, he is soon to learn of Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary forces. In Volume II, M. T. Anderson recounts Octavian's experiences as the Revolutionary War explodes around him, thrusting him into intense battles and tantalizing him with elusive visions of liberty.

by M. T. Anderson - Historical Fiction

Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother are the only persons in their household assigned names. Young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies, but only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments --- and his own chilling role in them.

by M. T. Anderson - Horror

In this savagely funny tale of terror, teen angst, suspense, and satire, all Chris really wants is to be a normal kid. Unfortunately, he appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch'muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate. He needs help, but whom can he trust?

by M. T. Anderson - Fiction

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon --- a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.