Miranda Blackwood relives America’s oldest mystery every day, working behind the scenes at an outdoor drama that tells the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. At home, she deals with her widowed father, the town drunk whose snake-shaped birthmark reminds everyone on the island that the Blackwood family is cursed. But when 114 people disappear from the island now—her father among them—Miranda finds herself at the center of something far more dangerous than a historical reenactment. To make matters worse, Phillip Rawling, an exiled teen criminal who claims to hear the voices of the dead, is back in town.
Together Miranda and Phillip must unlock the secrets of the past and the present, if there’s any hope of saving themselves—and the missing townspeople—from a centuries-old villain that no one could expect. From Girl on a Wire and Lois Lane: Fallout author Gwenda Bond, Blackwood is a dark, witty, romantic coming of age story set against the backdrop of an enduring mystery.
"With whip-smart, instantly likable characters and a gothic small-town setting, Bond weaves a dark and gorgeous tapestry from America's oldest mystery."
—Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of the Leviathan series
"This haunting, romantic mystery intrigues, chills, and captivates."
—Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of the Tantalize series
"Weird, wise, and witty, Blackwood is great fun."
—Marcus Sedgwick, Printz Award-winning author of Midwinterblood
"Miranda Blackwood's battle against her own history is utterly modern—and utterly marvelous. She's truly a heroine all readers can rally behind."
—Micol Ostow, author of family and So Punk Rock
"A deft and clever debut! Bond takes some reliably great elements—a family curse, the mark of Cain, the old and endlessly fascinating mystery of the Roanoke Colony—and makes them into something delightfully, surprisingly new. How does she do that? I suspect witchcraft."
—Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves