Useless Bay / M. J. Beaufrand.

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      Summary: On Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, the Gray family's quintuplets join the search for a young boy gone missing and soon discover deep family secrets and that crimes have been committed.
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      Summary: Pixie Gray and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from Whidbey Island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island. When a young boy goes missing, they find his mother's body instead. Everything dead eventually washes up in Useless Bay, but this time something sinister is rising from the water-- along with the Gray family's secrets....
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      BEAUFRAND, M. J. Useless Bay. [s. l.]: Amulet Books, 2016. ISBN 9781419721380. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 jan. 2020.
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      Beaufrand MJ. Useless Bay. Amulet Books; 2016. Accessed January 28, 2020.
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      Beaufrand, M. J. (2016). Useless Bay. Amulet Books. Retrieved from
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      Beaufrand, M. J. 2016. Useless Bay. Amulet Books.
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      Beaufrand, M. J. (2016) Useless Bay. Amulet Books. Available at: (Accessed: 28 January 2020).
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      Beaufrand, MJ 2016, Useless Bay, Amulet Books, viewed 28 January 2020, .
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      Beaufrand, M. J. Useless Bay. Amulet Books, 2016.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 October #2

Marilyn Monroe "Pixie" Gray is the youngest—and only girl—of the 17-year-old Gray quintuplets. The quints have achieved near-folk status on Whidbey Island, Washington, for their size, strength, and seemingly effortless ability to do anything. They all have their specialties, though, and Pixie and her bloodhound, Patience, lead search-and-rescue missions. When their summer neighbors, the Shepards, lose the youngest of their children, Pixie and her brothers are called in. Everyone expects Grant to be hiding to avoid going back to the mainland, until they find Mrs. Shepard's body and realize the family is being targeted. As Pixie investigates, she learns that Henry Shepard, the oldest son and Pixie's best friend, might know why. This crisp psychological thriller has touches of magic realism that harmonize with Whidbey Island's breathtaking natural environment, with the bulk of the action happening on a stormy night. The quints are an irresistible presence, and while the story has a few dubious plot twists, its intensity and simple, evocative prose make this a solid choice for reluctant readers who want a dark, atmospheric mystery. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring

On Washington's Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets, including sixteen-year-old Pixie, live next to Henry's wealthy family's vacation home. When Henry's younger stepbrother goes missing, search-and-rescue efforts instead turn up Henry's murdered stepmother. As Pixie and Henry gradually discover the murderer, skeletons tumble out of the closet. The setting is atmospheric, and the narrative, which follows Pixie and Henry in alternating chapters, is suspenseful. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 August #3

In this stellar mystery from Beaufrand (The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters), 17-year-old quintuplets investigate a death on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Marilyn Monroe "Pixie" Gray has a reputation for finding things (including missing people) with the help of her bloodhound, Patience, and her rough-and-tumble brothers, Dean, Lawford, Sammy, and Frank, all named after members of the Rat Pack. When 10-year-old Grant, the younger brother of Pixie's friend Henry Shepherd, disappears, Grant's millionaire father is frantic; Pixie's discovery of a body kicks off a dangerous series of events with consequences for both families. The narrative alternates between the perspectives of Pixie and Henry, highlighting Pixie's sly sense of humor, as well as her love for her family and their beloved island home; Henry, meanwhile, harbors a dark childhood secret that may come to the surface. Short in length but long on atmosphere, it's a gripping mystery with a supernatural overlay that makes its setting all the more haunting. But it's the irresistible Gray quints, subject to their own rumors and local mythos, who steal the show. Ages 13–up. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (Oct.)

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