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Strange Alchemy
Strange Alchemy
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Strange Alchemy

Gwenda Bond's first book Blackwood has been reimagined and brought back to life with new vision. On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony — and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago — still haunts the town. But that's just a story told for the tourists. When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself — and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island's most infamous families, and Grant Rawling, the sherrif's son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery. As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

PublisherSwitch Press
BrandSwitch Press
Age Level14-18 Years
Reading LevelGrades 9-12
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8
Page Count336
Paper Over Board

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"[Bond] unearths America’s oldest mystery to breathe new, enchanting life into it, and sends readers on a twisting, genre-defying thrill ride. . . .an exciting fusion of well-researched historical fiction and supernatural fantasy with magic, secrecy and a touch of romance at its heart." - Booklist

July 1, 2017

School Library Journal - Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

"...history, mystery, and the paranormal combine to create a contemporary tale of adolescent angst and romance. . . .Bond manages the historical aspects of the story nimbly. . . .Recommended for libraries wanting to add to their teen paranormal romance collections or where the author is popular." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2017

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods. She has also written for Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.

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