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Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.
With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.
As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.
From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.
About the Author:
Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star Wars characters.
Who would you take with you on an island to hunt for treasure? (can be alive or dead, real or fictional)
When Danielle first asked who I’d take on a treasure hunt, I gave a knowing smile (not at Danielle, who
was on the other side of the Internet, but I felt so confident in my answer I smiled at my empty living room)
and thought, this will be easy.
Obviously if you’re headed on a treasure hunt and are allowed to take fictional characters, you must enlist
the help of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, who do this sort of thing for a living and who can also take care
of any of the dangerous stuff you might encounter.
But then that started to feel a little like cheating. And I started to think about Gray Wolf Island and the
treasure hunt in there.
Gray Wolf Island has a treasure. But the book’s not about the treasure.
It’s about the journey and the friendships, and so as much as I’d like to head off on a treasure hunt with
Indy and Lara (we’d be on a first-name basis after our harrowing adventure), I’m going to pick again.
I’ve picked people who will push me to grow in the same way the characters in Gray Wolf Island push
main character Ruby to be a better version of herself. But I’m also going to pick fictional people because
that’s more fun. So:
I’ll take Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, not because I don’t value my life but because I do. For starters, if
any rival treasure hunters attempted to take the loot, he could dispose of them in a very permanent way.
(Not that I advocate for murder, but also this is fiction.) Kaz is also a strategic thinking who could use his
smarts to follow the clues. I think he’d help me look at clues and puzzles related to the treasure in a new
(albeit possibly illegal) way.
I’ll add Tris from Divergent because she’s fearless and would enjoy the adventurous aspects of a treasure
hunt the way I would. She’d probably push me to be more daring than I actually am, which I’d appreciate
(provided I didn’t die).
I’m bringing Lara Jean Song from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because she’s delightful and would
help me appreciate the small joys along the way. I have a feeling we’d be fast friends, and adventures are
200 percent more fun when you’re adventuring with people you enjoy.
Finally, I’m picking Captain Thorne from Cress and Mr. Kent from These Vicious Masks because they’d
keep me from taking the treasure hunt too seriously. They’re similarly hilarious and charming, and I
wouldn’t care so much about booby traps or deathly feats if it meant those two were yammering on and
on in the background.
I’m not sure how successful a treasure-hunting team we’d be (though I’m sure Kaz would keep us on
track with threats and his general air of menace), but at least we’d have fun along the way.
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