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Useless Bay

Useless Bay

  • ISBN: 9781419721380
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2016


Price: $17.95

On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour.


"A taut, suspenseful page-turner... Call it magical realism, horror division."

"A dark and earthy thriller with a touch of romance."
School Library Journal


"Short in length but long on atmosphere, it’s a gripping mystery with a supernatural overlay that makes its setting all the more haunting."
Publishers Weekly

"Useless Bay combines the perfect proportions of mystery and mysticism in this absorbing missing-person story... a perfect read for middle through high schoolers when the wind is howling outside and the rain is pounding against the windows."

"Intensity and simple, evocative prose make this a solid choice for reluctant readers who want a dark, atmospheric mystery."
Booklist Online

"Fans of process crime drama that has a strong sense of place and of characters you want to be friends with should not miss this one."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A novel filled with suspense, intrigue, action, and a touch of magic."
School Library Connection

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