Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
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On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island's most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can't dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America's oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.
 

About Gwenda Bond

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Gwenda Bond writes young adult fantasy. She is also a contributing writer for Publishers Weekly, and her nonfiction work has appeared in the Washington Post, Locus Magazine, Subterranean Online, and Lightspeed, among others. She has been a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition, and also guest-edited a special YA issue of Subterranean Online. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts' program in writing for children and young adults. Readers of the long-running zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet may know her best as everyone's Dear Aunt Gwenda. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband author Christopher Rowe, and their pets: Hemingway the Cat, Polydactyl, LLC; Miss Emma the Dog-Girl, CPA; and Puck the Puppy, INC





Author Residence: Lexington, KY
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Strange Chemistry. 416 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After the island awakens to find 114 of its residents missing (matching the number of Lost Colonists)—and Miranda’s father murdered—Miranda aims to find the causes.

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Publishers Weekly

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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

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Publishers Weekly

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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

Aug 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Blackwood (Strange Chemistry)

City Book Review

This book was an excellent mystery, full of romance, ghosts, ancient curses, historical figures, betrayal, and so much more.

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SFFWorld.com

As it turns out Phillips and Miranda are acquaintances and Phillips did not exactly leave on good terms with Miranda.

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We really enjoyed Gwenda Bond's young adult novel Blackwood, which weaves together the mystery of the Roanoke disappearance with a lot of supernatural craziness for a fun story of growing up cursed.

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The Overflowing Library

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell.

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Blackwood (Strange Chemistry)

Night Owl Teen

Blackwood suffers from several mechanical stutters like this, and though it has romance and an innovative take on a old mystery, these technical plot problems detract from the solid ideas and intriguing characters.

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