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Spellbook of the Lost and Found

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found

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The highly anticipated new book from the acclaimed author of The Accident Season is a gorgeous, twisty story about things gone missing, things returned from the past, and a group of teenagers, connected in ways they could never have imagined.
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they're holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it's full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it's leading them toward things that were never meant to be found...
From the Hardcover edition.
The highly anticipated new book from the acclaimed author of The Accident Season is a gorgeous, twisty story about things gone missing, things returned from the past, and a group of teenagers, connected in ways they could never have imagined.
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they're holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it's full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it's leading them toward things that were never meant to be found...
From the Hardcover edition.
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    PROLOGUE

    That night, everybody lost something.

    Not everybody noticed.

    It was a Saturday night on the cusp of summer and the air smelled like hot wood and burning rubber, like alcohol and spit, like sweat and tears. It was warm because of the bonfire in the middle of the field, and because of the stolen beers, the wine coolers bought with older siblings' IDs, the vodka filched from stepparents' liquor cabinets. There was the hint of a strange sound, that some thought might have been a trapped dog howling, but most decided was just in their imagination.

    Some kept drinking, thinking this was just another night spent in a field at the edge of town, close to that invisible line where suburbs become countryside.

    Some noticed without really understanding what they'd lost. Some kissed each other with cake on their tongues, rainbow icing dissolving between mouths to make new colors. Some took their schoolbooks and threw them on the bonfire, not caring that there were still two weeks before end-of-year exams.

    Some turned around and went back home. Some forgot things they'd always known. Others stumbled, just for a moment, not knowing that they'd lost more than their step.

    Some hung back, nervous, torn between edging closer to the fire and calling their parents to come get them. Some slipped small pills onto their tongues and swallowed them with soft drinks, the bubbles tickling their throats as it all went down. Some choked on cigarette smoke even though they'd been smoking for years. Some gripped others' zippers in shivering fingers, lowered jeans or hitched up skirts. Others watched from the shadows.

    By the time the fire had burned down to glowing ashes and a pile of charred wood, when everyone was dreaming deep in their own beds or lying through wine-stained teeth to their parents or getting sick in their best friends' bathrooms or continuing the party in someone else's house, apart from the few who'd passed out where they sat, there was nothing left in the field but the things we had lost.

    OLIVE
    Sunday, May 7th
    Lost: Silver, star-shaped hair clip; jacket (light green, rip in one sleeve); flat silver shoe (right, scuffed at the toes)

    Daylight is only just touching the tips of the trees when the bonfire goes out. I am leaning against a bale of hay upon which someone I don't know is sleeping.

    I roll my head over to look for Rose, who I was sure was sitting, legs splayed, on the ground beside me. The grass is mostly muck at this point, beaten down by many pairs of shoes and feet. My own feet—bare, the nails painted a shiny metallic green that doesn't show up in the morning darkness—are dirty. So is the rest of me.

    Rose isn't here. I call out for her but nobody answers. Not that I expect she'll be able to; sometime in the night she lost her voice from shouting over the music, from singing along to really bad songs and from all the crying.

    Getting ready to go out last night, Rose told me, "Our plan for the evening is to get excessively drunk and then cry." She swiped her lashes with another layer of mascara, which seemed fairly unwise, given the aforementioned plan.

    "Can we make the crying optional?" I said. "My eyeliner's really good right now." It had taken me twenty minutes, six cotton swabs, and five tissues to get it even.

    "Absolutely not."

    I sneaked a look at my best friend's reflection. She blinked to dry her mascara. It gave her a deceptively innocent air.

    "I don't know why you want to go to this thing in the first place," I said.

    This thing was the town's bonfire party. It's held in May every year. Until...

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  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2017
    Everyone in a small Irish town loses something after the annual bonfire, but some losses matter more than others. Teenager Olive loses a shoe, her jacket, a hair clip, and her cherished close relationship with Rose, her best friend. Hazel, 17, loses only her jacket, perhaps because she's already lost so much--her mother to alcohol, her grandparents to death and dementia. She and her twin, Rowan, are camping rough in an abandoned housing development, trying to survive until they turn 18. Meanwhile, Laurel went to the bonfire only because someone had stolen her diary and those of her two best friends--the three cast a spell to get the pages back. Items disappear, then reappear as Olive, Hazel, and Laurel, all white, trade off the narrative--but one of the accounts is not what it seems. Fowley-Doyle's lush, atmospheric storytelling contrasts brilliantly with her characters' teenage normalcy--drinking, skiving, and cursing while mostly loving their parents and sticking up for one another. Readers will need patience to untangle the plot's silver threads, but those who savored Fowley-Doyle's previous The Accident Season (2015) will relish this as well. (Fabulism. 13-adult)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-This lush and deliciously twisty contemporary Irish novel, set in Balmallen, County Mayo, population 2,400, has just a hint of the supernatural. It takes the form of the red, leather-bound Spellbook of the Lost and Found, which three friends find when their diaries go missing just before the town's annual early May bonfire. The temptation to call for "the lost to be found" is great, and since "every lost thing requires a sacrifice-a new loss for every called thing found," the repercussions of the teens' spell are far-reaching and profound. Readers slowly realize just how far-reaching and profound as the mystery unfolds and they learn the identities of the spell casters. Secrets abound, and many of the outings and adventures are fueled by high drama and strong spirits, including poteen, or moonshine. Fowley-Doyle is herself a literary spell caster, conjuring up a suspenseful and sensual ambience in the forest on the edges of town and in the remains of bonfire revelry. The chapters are narrated from the points of view of six different teens over time, and their voices and connections are immediately distinctive and relatable. They all experience losses, some of which are serious and debilitating, yet the overarching theme, if there is one, is the motto that Olive discovers written on her arm the morning after the party: if you don't get lost, you'll never be found. VERDICT This smart and sexy page-turner that readers will want to devour and share with their friends is a real find.-Luann Toth, School Library Journal

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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