Top 10 children's books of 2010
'The Suburb Beyond the Stars'
Although less well known, M. T. Anderson's fast-paced and funny adventures like "The Suburb Beyond the Stars" (Scholastic) are just as technically skilled as his serious titles. In a story that began in "The Game of the Sunken Places," two heroes, Brian and Gregory, are plotting their next move in a game that pits the Norumbegans against the Thusser Horde. Children, and even adults, can read the book for its language or for its adventure; either way, everyone comes away smiling.