Blackwood / Gwenda Bond.

Teenagers Miranda and Phillips may be the only hope of discovering what happened to 114 people who went missing on Roanoke Island in a mysterious repeat of the disappearance of the islands lost colony hundreds of years before.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Bond, Gwenda.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Nottingham, UK ; Long Island City, NY : Strange Chemistry, c2012.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Bond, a first-time novelist and PW contributor, presents a modern-day story set on Roanoke Island that offers an explanation for the mysterious real-life disappearance of 114 colonists from the island during the 16th century. When the exact same number of Roanoke residents go missing one night, Miranda, a town outcast whose alcoholic father is murdered the same night, and Phillips, son of the Roanoke police chief, try to figure out what happened. The story shifts focus between the two 17-year-olds, both of whom feel connected to the island's mysteries: Phillips has heard the voices of spirits in his head for years, and Miranda's family is believed to be cursed. Despite past bad blood between the teenagers, they work together, trying to save the island and everyone they love. Bond uses a wealth of pop-culture references to establish her protagonists as hip outsiders, though they may not age well (and Miranda's constant use of the Battlestar Galactica expletive "frak" is intrusive). Still, Bond has created an engaging mythology and mystery involving alchemy, curses, and past lives. Ages 13-up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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